‘Transformation’ is among artwork by Kingsport native Dixie Jordan on display at the Kingsport Renaissance Center through Oct. 17. Photo by Jessica Fischer.
When her father died suddenly four years ago, Dixie Jordan couldn’t find the words to express her intense sorrow and grief.
Instead, the Kingsport native and self-taught artist picked up a paintbrush and let those emotions flow onto canvas.
Three of the resulting paintings — “Remembrance,” “Inertia” and “Thanatophobia” — are included in Jordan’s solo show “Heiroglyphic Memoirs,” on display in the second-floor main gallery of the Kingsport Renaissance Center through Oct. 17.
Admission is free.
“‘Hieroglyphic Memoirs’ is the collected works of my first five years as an artist,” said Jordan, a 1996 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School. “In those five years, I was learning and experimenting with different mediums and styles, finding my voice as an artist, so to speak. I found my niche with acrylic and mixed media.
“These first years as an emerging artist have been important on many levels. Not only have I found my voice as an artist, but I have experienced art’s healing powers first hand, and it has carried me through some very difficult times.”
Jordan said her collection of work features mainly acrylic mixed media paintings in highly textured, multi-dimensional layers.
“My work also encompasses different styles and techniques such as watercolor paintings, mixed media art and assemblage pieces,” she said. “The majority of my art is experimental and unplanned — a ‘happy accident.’ This expresses my need to explore my creativity and the challenges of each medium/style.
“I use my work to filter my thoughts and feelings into something tangible. It is my way of expressing myself when there have been no words to describe life, especially loss, and to also deepen the joy of everyday life as it goes on around me.”
Jordan has been a member of the Kingsport Art Guild since 2010 and has served as the guild’s membership chair since 2011.
Her work has been included in several Kingsport Art Guild exhibitions and was featured in Jordan’s solo show “Invitation to Invention” in 2011 at The Gallery@Barr Photographics in Abingdon, Va., where her work is still represented.
Jordan’s paintings can also be viewed and purchased at Dillys Curiosity Shop in Kingsport.