When asked how her love for art began, Josie Love said, “I have always been interested in art since I was a kid, but my artistic practice didn’t begin to flourish until I experienced a career-ending injury in my college sport. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I began to see art as a career.”
As Edgar Degas says, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Josie Love has certainly made others see beauty in a variety of objects that she pulls together.
She continued to explain her art, saying, “I had a professor in undergrad who helped me see the beauty of art, specifically in terms of how artists can use their voice to bring about change. My style of art doesn’t come from any particular influence; however, my work has been inspired by quilt-makers. Specifically, I have been intrigued by how other quilt-makers have been writing down their stories through their art. My work has been investigating how my needle can act as my pen, and my canvas can act as my paper.”
Josie Love’s works are for sale at The Latchkey Gallery in New York. Josie Love worked with her gallery to submit a proposal to NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) on Governor’s Island, New York. The 2021 NADA House exhibit is being held from now until August 1, 2021. It is a lively collaboration of art, artists, and dealers. NADA was founded in 2002 by younger art dealers who sought mutual support and an art fair of their own. The NADA House has work displayed on every surface throughout the home and offers works from more than 100 artists from 66 different galleries, curators, and artist-run and alternative spaces from the United States and around the world.
Josie Love’s works from Latchkey Gallery involve patchwork, embroidery, and paint that creatively become large wall hangings. These pieces immediately enthrall their onlookers with their bright colors and interesting details. Her piece “Magnificently Willful” is featured in the NADA House. It is a celebration of her hair, which flows in long strands down towards the floor creating a beautiful waterfall of black hair. The piece captures one’s eye as the girl is suspended upside down with her hair flowing every which way. With so many exciting pieces of art being created by Josie Love, there is no doubt we will see her in more exhibits in the future.
Josie Love currently resides in the Cincinnati area. She has spent the past two years in grad school as a student, graduate assistant, and graduate teacher. She plans to stay in Cincinnati for at least another year, preferably as an adjunct professor, while she continues to create her amazing art. When she is not creating pieces of art, Josie Love enjoys gardening. What a gift to watch this talented young woman flourish and grow as she uses her gifts to bless others!
by Ann Henley Perry
Image courtesy of artist andLatchkey Gallery (NY)