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Mobile Photography and Art ‘Hope in Adversity’ Interview with Jenny Pieters from South Africa

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Today, we are publishing our twenty second interview in our new series, Hope in Adversity. One that’s based around art, artists and isolation during the midst of Covid-19. This one is with award winning mobile photographer and artist Jenny Pieters from South Africa. This is a very alluring interview with ravishing art that flagrantly gives pleasure upon the viewing screen.  Viewing Pieters images made me cogitate poet Wallace Stevens ‘notes towards a supreme fiction’ poem. It offers three notes toward a “supreme fiction” it must be abstract, it must change, it must give pleasure. Pieters art does all these things, enjoy!

To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry, Fleur Schim, Fiona Christian, Peter Wilkin, Ile Mont, Lynette Sheppard, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Rob Pearson-Wright, Catherine Caddigan, Cintia Malhotra and Susan Latty, please follow this link

If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?

If I had to consider the amorphous concept of Time I would have to say that I am now in the phase of my life where I am enjoying ‘additional’ time as it is.  I saw a humorous image today of a cigarette marked with a ballpoint pen, sectioned into hours of the day (we are on a 21 day lockdown at present).  I am on the bit now closest to the filter, so the lockdown has just curtailed a only a few of my activities, most importantly a Saturday afternoon art class!  My level of art output has therefore remained constant, since that is what I do by preference.

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If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?

I have often tried to imagine what exactly my ‘art style’ is.  All I know is that my rational process oriented brain is constantly tussling with my creative brain (the latter is one that drains and exhausts me), even though I feel that such a deep level of immersion is amazing, it takes a long while to recover from, plus I don’t like going through the emotional wasteland before getting back to a more or less median point.  So I would say that my style has remained satisfyingly fluctuating.

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If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?

I endeavor to change what I do regularly, for fear of falling into the malaise of being so comfortable with the process, that i get bored with what I do.  I will never be able to churn out 10 similar paintings with small setting differences, just to make money.  I had a oil painting artist whom I visited for classes, who did exactly that.

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Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?

Yes, I have found additional inspiration, as I always have from this absolutely stunning group of artists I have come to know on Instagram and Facebook.  The shared experience of the turmoil In the world has put us in an unusual situation,  not experienced since the Second World War.  I feel we will still know the true impact of it when normal ‘operations’ have resumed.  I am just sorry that I cannot conjure up a special permit to go take photos of places now devoid of human movement!!

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Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time specially, how and why?

Making art is what I love doing, and it has always been there for me.  The only difference now is that I have the time to devote to it almost exclusively.  It helps me get through every day, and enriches my soul immensely!  Whilst doing it I read about the image if it is appropriate… I get to know about things I never did, and travel places mentally that I would never be able to go to.

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Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?

The unity I think that people are experiencing, is the sharing of a burden, and the sharing of an uncertain future in the short term.  This is achieved by seeing the different way in which the situation is being interpreted by every individual.  I think we subconsciously reflect externally through our creations, what we experience emotionally, and this is the magic of of the method …. the catharsis that cannot be experienced through words (often misinterpreted and misunderstood).

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Anything else you would personally like to add…

We all have creativity locked up somewhere and I would encourage everyone to explore it when time allows.  We do not all have the same skill levels, and whilst that would be a discouragement to some, starting is often the most difficult… so start!!  Children do not mind producing stick men, why should adults?

I deeply appreciate your dedication to TheAppWhisperer Joanne. Thanks for absolutely everything that you are and that you have achieved – it is admirable!

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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