Mike Gold has written a beautiful tribute to Jenny Hunter Groat in the current issue of Letter Arts Review.
At some point, as her work matured in the 1980s, Jenny took her pen and brush beyond words and the limits of calligraphic constructions. It is as if she returned to her roots as a dancer: all that is left on the canvas is the movement and gesture and energy of the brush-made marks. The marks alone told the story she had to tell, just as, earlier in life, her movements as a dancer would tell the story. Merce Cunningham, one of the dancers who inspired Jenny, said of dance, "You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive." Jenny had found a way to put dance into manuscripts, paintings, and on the walls of galleries and museums.
Thank you Mike and Happy Birthday Jenny!