Jolynn Reigeluth is an artist originally from Des Moines, Iowa currently living and working in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her MFA in printmaking from Kansas State University in 2015. Currently she teaches courses at Indiana Wesleyan University, and annually curates a national printmaking exhibition and portfolio for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis. In recent years, her work has been included in exhibitions across the United States including the Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Pacific States Biennial North American Printmaking Exhibition, International Print Center New York’s New Prints, and others.
Reigeluth’s work has long been influenced by a wide range of art, music, TV, movies, etcetera emerging from the 1920s to 1960s, despite being born in the late 80s. She grew up watching cartoons from Fleishcer Studios like Betty Boop, Bimbo, Felix the Cat, Popeye and others. She also draws inspiration from a range of blues and jazz artists from the 1920s to 40s like Lil’ Johnson and Cats and the Fiddle, who performed songs with titles such as Hot Nuts and Sam, the Hot Dog Man. These influences play an important role in her work which has been described as evocative of “the atomic and plastics age of the mid-century.” (Michaela Mullin, Moberg Gallery.) Reigeluth has a distinct affinity for the absurd and scatological that manifests in these introspective self-portraits. The imagery is fueled by humor and spontaneity, and is filled with an inventiveness and ambiguity of subject that ranges from cheekily adolescent to darkly absurd.