Words to Live and Love By
Words To Live and Love By is a visual and textual installation that explores highly stylized language of desire found in personal classified ads, in order to present how the individual quest for self-identification voluntarily uses a stereotypical social system. Ex-prince charming, White Christian, Bi-racial model, American pie are descriptions that sound cliched, propagandistic, and even racist, yet they are acceptable when seen in the context of romantic advertisement. Instead of creating conflict, this rhetoric inspires the private and the social to work in collaboration. Desire, a personal emotion, is willingly disseminated through collectivized meanings and interpretations. The ads’ rhythmic request of women seeking women seeking men seeking men seeking women seeking men mimics a multitude of harmonies: Concrete poetry, Beat culture, Gertrude Stein’s sentences and the pulse of yearning heart.
Jeannette Louie acquired a BFA at Parsons School of Design and an MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University. Her interdisciplinary work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including at Mills College Art Museum, CA; Esso Gallery, NY; ISE Cultural Foundation, NY; Ace Gallery, NY; Spaces, OH; Sala 1, Italy; and Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Italy. She is a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and a Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome (1999-00). She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Yaddo, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, Roswell Program, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School, P.S. 122 Project Space Program and Sculpture Space.