Jill Shoffiett

I’m interested in the things people leave behind. My paintings are about identity and memory, about a home of the soul that is no longer there, and cannot be returned to, but that exists in the space of remembering and re-telling. I draw jagged, linear compositions that are memories of my native Mississippi, while envisioning a dystopian and darkly comic future. I spin tales about imaginary and remembered people, drawing their settings in rich lines, sometimes letting the pen just take over. We glimpse the internal struggles of these people through their stuff, their land. The spaces—vast landscapes, intimate interiors, are metaphors for inner battles and existential narratives. In our detritus is the evidence of the human struggle to create meaning, and in the lines and shapes is the reality of the process, brought firmly into the now with brush strokes and ink.