About The Artist
Jenee Fortier • Washington , DC
Mixed Media • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I have a rather unique medium - I create preserved moss pieces in upcycled frames, incorporating found bark and dried flowers to transform frames into 3-D gardenscapes (no maintenance required). It is said that nature is healing, and in these years that we've been stuck indoors, I have found a way to bring the outside in. Every piece holds a memory. A piece of eucalyptus bark I picked up in the Presidio. A petrified mushroom I found in Shelby Forest. A leaf that blew into the house, swept under the door. A frame I found propped against a tree, abandoned to the elements. A bouquet of flowers I bought from the local farmer at the market on Saturday. I embrace nature in the urban environment and seek opportunities to incorporate local, sustainable solutions in my work. Every piece begs to be touched and engaged with - to connect the viewer with both nature and art. My work is a constant reminder of all that is beautiful and worth preserving in the environment around us.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I take old windows, frames, and home decor items and turn them into unique pieces of moss art. For old house windows I find or procure, I remove the glass panes and any accessories, sand down the frame to a desired level of �distress� or cleanliness, affix a strong backing and hanging hardware, and glue moss and other natural materials in shapes and patterns that appeal to me and the frame, inspired by nature. For picture frames or other home decor items I find suitable to my style, I similarly remove the glass and design a moss piece that fits within the confines of that frame. I purchase my moss in bulk; I forage bark and interesting wood from places my feet take me; I shop for flowers from local farmers and florists; and I gather frames from sidewalks, dumpsters, friends, and vintage shops.