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Jolene Miner

'Paper Mountains'

Artist Statement

I’m crazy about paper. I’m enchanted by the delicacy and colour of origami paper, the weight and texture of Saint-Armand handmade paper and the transparent quality of lightweight mulberry. I get lost in the colourful piles scattered over my table. There’s an undeniable tactile quality to it that makes working with paper so pleasing. I’m also fascinated by concepts like the flattening of planes, sharply defined colour areas and powerful line work, and I find myself delving deeply into collage in order to explore these ideas using paper.

Of equal importance to me is that evidence of the process and “the touch of the hand” is visible in every piece. This comes through the freehand cutting and layering of the papers. These are works shaped directly by my hand – by my intuition and my sense of play – and I want the viewer to be able to be a part of that experience through the imperfections I leave behind. I believe the story each piece tells is an opportunity for the viewer to explore and appreciate the creative expression possible through collage.


What better subject matter to explore these ideas than mountains? Mountains have layers and planes. They have powerful lines and large areas of colour. They’re the perfect building blocks to play with. I build my paper mountains using layers of vibrant patterns and rich textures, and each piece is an exploration of simplicity, freehand cutting and the partnership of colour and line.

Artist Bio

Jolene Miner finds inspiration in the transformational power of colour and the fantastical world inside her head. She uses vibrant colours and rich texture to create collages with a juiciness the eye can delve into. Each piece is an exploration of simplicity, playfulness and freehand cutting, and she is excited to see how her work is evolving.

After earning her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, Jolene focused on developing her art practice and becoming rooted in her own authentic expression. It wasn’t until she relocated to Fernie she actively sought to bring her work into the public eye. Several group shows, two successful banner projects and one solo exhibition later, she is excited to keep building momentum. 

Follow her on Instagram: @joleneminerart

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