Playing Favorites: Ash Bushnell and Jeanette Pasin-Sloan

We’ve asked FWMoA staff the hardest question you can ask art museum people: so, what is your favorite artwork currently on display? As “art museum people”, we often get asked about our favorite artists, artworks, and the art we choose to hang on our own walls. Since not all of our staff are front-end, and not all of them write for the blog, this series gives everyone a chance to get to know them, too. Taking advantage of our rotating exhibitions of artworks, from painted portraits to sculpted bronzes, FWMoA staff from all departments are choosing artworks that enthrall and enchant them; or, in other words, playing favorites.

Ash Bushnell, FWMoA Teen Council member. Photo courtesy of FWMoA. Ash Bushnell. Out. Gold Key. Oil pastel.

Meet the FWMoA Teen Council! Ambassadors for the FWMoA, the Teen Council is led by local youth and provides opportunities for leadership, creativity, and learning through arts programs. In its third year, you’ve met previous members Megan True and Bayan Yunis. Over the course of the next few months, we’re asking all members, new and returning, to introduce themselves through a favorite work on display at FWMoA. Here’s returning member Ash’s pick:

A lithographic print of three glass bowls resting on a patterned blanket. The blanket's colors are reflected in the shiny surfaces of the box and large bowls.
Jeanette Pasin-Sloan, American, b. 1946. Silver Bowls. Color lithograph on paper, 1979. Loan from Jack H. Lemon. Image courtesy of Landfall Press.

Q: What is the first thing you noticed about this artwork? What drew you to this particular piece?

A: The first thing that I noticed about this piece was the colors. The bright blues and greens with the contrasting red immediately drew me in. I was also very intrigued by the way the pattern reflected in the bowls.

Q: Would you hang this artwork in your home? Why or why not?

A: I would definitely hang this piece in my home. I think the patterns reflected in the bowls are very interesting to look at and I think the colors are very pleasing.

Q: What does this artwork mean to you?

A: To me, this work is about appreciating and paying attention to little pieces of beauty that most people might not notice, such as the reflections in a bowl. I really enjoy art that is able to explore beauty and intrigue in everyday things.

Jeanette Pasin-Sloan explores reflections on everyday objects in her work. To her, reflections represent the mysterious unknown and chaotic elements of life and, through her work, she seeks to represent the balance between harmony and disorder.

Q: Why did you choose to join Teen Council?

A: I love art and I love learning about art. Being in museums is something that’s always been a very fun experience for me. I wanted to learn what it was like behind-the-scenes at a museum.

Q: What has been your favorite exhibition at FWMoA during your internship?

A: My favorite exhibition so far was The Art of the Skateboard. I really enjoyed learning about the history of skateboard art. The skatepark installation [Canyon of the Wolfbat] by Dennis McNett was unlike anything I’d ever seen in a museum, and I really enjoy McNett’s style.

Q: What kind of art do you make?

A: I work with all sorts of different mediums to create colorful illustrations. Some of my favorite mediums are POSCA paint pens (see artwork below) and digital art.

Ash Bushnell. Re-dye. Honorable Mention. POSCA paint pen, exacto knife, black matte board, foam core.

See Ash’s favorite artwork on display at FWMoA in Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking, now on view through November 12, 2023.

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