Jill Friedberg

In my work I create narratives from photographic images that I have taken for over 30 years. Utilizing in some instances more than 20 layers of my photographic images and then integrating them with acrylic paint. I invite the viewer into a multicolored and multicultural world punctuated with humor, sensitivity, depth of feeling, and at times skewed perspectives.

In all of these works I integrate my photography and painting with a wide variety of repurposed materials such as palm bark, textiles, horse hair, laundry lint, paint and palette and pencil shavings, glass, wooden and metal beads.

As a lover of foreign places and culture, I have journeyed far and wide throughout the globe to capture native images. From Patzcuaro in Michaocan, Mexico, to Jojawar in Radjastan, India... from Iguasu Falls in Brazil, to Quito in Ecuador... from Ubud in Indonesia to nearby Sierra Vista in Arizona — all the while having the intention and desire of creating new, compelling stories from the visual ingredients I so vigorously gathered from the far corners of the Earth.


For over three decades following her education at Northwestern University and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Friedberg has been a national recognized visual artist whose works have been exhibited extensively in museums, galleries and universities throughout the United States... and owned by many private collectors and corporations. Her most recent work is in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.