Jeannine Marchand is a Puerto Rican studio artist based in Spruce Pine, NC. She received her BA from St. Joseph's University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She was a resident artist at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO and a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. In 2009 she received a Cultural Envoy Grant from the U.S. Department of State to teach, lecture, and jury the National Ceramics and Sculpture Biennial in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and can be found in public and private art collections internationally, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA and the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art.
Marchand leaves much of her work’s identity to audience interpretation, but her monochromatic surfaces have been carefully refined to be particularly sensitive to interplays of light and shadow — the work seeming to elicit a striking sensory reaction from such devotional attention to sophisticated material qualities. in “Folds XIX”, the boundaries of clay are massaged and re-proportioned so that the substance seems to have been transmogrified, becoming silken and gently folding like a sheet of cloth — and with the suggestion that a brief contact could entirely redistribute the creases and ruffled layers.