Jayne Harnett-Hargrove – Metta: Loving-Kindness Illuminated

edition of 1
dimensions 8 x 5.5 x 1.5

$1200 – Available by special order. Please contact gallery to confirm availability.


I have long been fascinated by the mysterious, undecipherable pauper books from long ago. As an exquisite mix of story-telling, illustration and bricolage, for me, the best examples are the illuminated works. Metta – Loving-Kindness illuminated is inspired by these antiquated illuminated manuscripts. Animals from land, air and sea were used as models and overlaid with sacred geometry. The words penned are the Metta Sutra, best known as the loving-kindness meditation and chant. I chose though eight different translations to get the wording to its simplest essence and universal meaning. There are inner pages inside each leaf; while reading the sutra and by lifting these smaller pages the picture reveal changes. The age of a book exhibits its character – how its handled, and how often. I see this as a book well thumbed and lent from hand to hand. There are different layers to this work, as each look see can offer another angle of interest. Experiencing this bricolage is getting lost

Rag, Japanese washi, momi and other papers, copper sheet, inks, gouache, acrylic, wood, upholstering nails, cotton string, jump rings, wire, antique glass sequins and bullion, stone heart.

“I work free-style graphic illustration codices, threading symbolism, vision, and world mythology, where images expand and enlighten the written story. As we voyeur, interpret, and resonate through the human condition, it is my hope that we find ourselves illuminated on the page.” Jayne in cross-trained out in the world, and educated in NYC and California in fine & theater arts, costume to couture, commercial and interpretive installation. Jayne has been a working professional artist for over 25 years. Clients include the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Henri Bendel, and Hanzon Studio. She guides ArtMix; art enrichment and creativity classes privately to youth and adults.

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Jayne Harnett-Hargrove – Metta: Loving-Kindness Illuminated

by Alicia Bailey time to read: 1 min