Jenny Dayton

About the artist:

“At the far end of Jenny Dayton’s studio, next to a curtained window a young, dark haired woman with an intense gaze peers out of a painting. She is embraced by a mythic creature, a white and turquoise furred animal with a bear claw paw. The animal arm is draped almost tenderly across the girl’s shoulder and over her heart. The girl in the painting wears Cyrillic tattoos under her eyes. “Hearts Beating”, the tattoos say. These words are taken from a John Paul Richter quote, “Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?

Jenny Dayton is passionate about animal rights. Her work is message intense, compassion and respect for animals is the gospel she preaches but she does it quietly. The message is always there, but you have to unfold the layers of the work to see it clearly.  Jenny uses images, Cyrillic text and other graphic elements to guide the invested viewer toward an important truth.”  Excerpted from an interview with the artist by Siolo Thompson for the Pretty, Sexy, Dirty Girly exhibition.