Jenny’s art practice functions as a catalyst for reflection. She employs painting, drawing and writing as tools to filter, reframe, and appropriate the world around her. She was born in the tobacco country of southwestern Virginia and grew up traveling throughout the south. Her transitory lifestyle has made her interactions with people enlightening and meaningful. From these encounters bloom visceral universal narratives that critique and investigate everyday life. These narratives inspire her work. Coming from an illustration background she brings a unique perspective of narrative and communication through painting. The stories that drive her recent work are conceptually based and can often be ambiguous. This uncertainty of the narrative encourages viewers to ask questions that bring out simple but profound answers that are unique to the individual. Through the use of bold color palettes and sometimes satirical yet whimsical drawing style, she strives to open the door to the inner depths of the psyche, inviting the audience to perceive the world through a new set of eyes. Her paintings are vignettes of everyday life. It is the intersection of fantasy and reality where everyday objects and spaces are warped into symbols impregnated with metaphor. By building these spaces on the border of reality and fantasy she encourages the viewer to constantly question and embrace the subtle, daily absurdities and beauty of everyday life that are often overlooked.
Secondary School— Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA 2004 — 2008 Bachelors of Fine Arts, Illustration — Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 2008 — 2012
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Digital Exhibition, Quantium Art Review, NY - January 2016/ Painting and Mixed Media Residency, School of Visual Arts, NY - June 2015/ Working Artist, Academic Gallery, Long Island City, NY - March/ April 2015/ Grant awarded painting residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT - January 2015/ Holiday Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - December 2014/ Creative Quarterly 37, online reproduction, winter 2014 - 2015 issue/ Color, Brooklyn Water Front Artist Coalition, Brooklyn, NY - August 2014/ Post Card Show, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - July 2014/ Flesh & Bone: Contemporary Figure Painting, HIllyer Art Space, Washington, DC - July 2014/ Solo Exhibition, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - January 2013/ Bound, Women’s Caucus for Art Juried Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY -January 2013/ Fall Salon Style Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - September 2012/ Picture This!, Annual Children’s Juried Exhibition, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA - September 2012/ Artizen Magazine, “Artist Interview,” Marks, Cindy, June 2012 - June 2012/ Pinwheel Books, “Artist on the Rise,” Gsell, Nicole, blog - April 2012/ Senior Group Show, Illustration Gallery, Providence, RI - Spring 2012/ Illustration Biennial, Woods-Gerry Art Gallery, Providence, RI - Fall 2012/ Department Show, Woods-Gerry Art Gallery, Providence, RI - Spring 2011
Jenny received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design's Illustration department in 2012. Her studio practice is based in Queens, New York in beautiful Long Island City.
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