Jolynn Reigeluth’s Alter Egos, Ephemera
April 10, 2012
Last Friday, I was introduced to a donkey who is always celebrating his birthday. Above you see him in his party hat, standing patiently, awaiting final judgment in Purgatory. He is one of many characters in Alter Egos, a series of prints illustrating the invented world of Jolynn Reigeluth. With methodical consistency, she explores who these creatures are by studying their personal belongings like an anthropological researcher.
Through image, I am addressing a wide range of qualities that comprise this world, such as who inhabits it, what vegetation exists there, what the inhabitants make, what kind of tools they utilize, etc. – Jolynn Reigeluth
In Neuter and Spay Your Pets, we see to a big haired lady with no arms rattling on about her daily routine. Reigeluth’s research into this other world manifests into pictorial speech bubbles and residents looking calm and comfortable in their own lumpy skins. Her discoveries have just scratched the surface. Further assimilation into the lifestyles of her Alter Egos will allow her to lean less on cuteness and more on richness in character.
The beautifully screen printed series will be on view for the month of April at Ephemera in the East Village. Reigeluth has a line up of shows listed on her website, Moon Man Print. In May, she will receive her BA in Visual Arts & Graphic Design from Grandview University.