Jen’s work, and studio are centred around her home in the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Her work explores this transitional space where the domestic and poetic overlap, creating installations and human scale spatial experiences.
Her work responds to investigations around the perceived existence of psychic residue in the spaces we inhabit. Conversations with clairvoyants are catalysts for intuitive making with D.I.Y craft materials and hand-moulded elements through daily ritual. These artefacts become transitional objects between one place and another reflecting her shift from observer to participant observer during the esoteric research.
Jen is interested in the position of artist as querent, researching real and imagined relationships between artist, objects, materials and the space they inhabit.
Arte Laguna Prize, Nappe Arsenale Venice, Italy, Finalist exhibition. Installation and Sculpture category.
Jack 1pm, Select 17, Ilam, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Poetics of Space, G Space, Nelson and Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Unlikely Unions, Select 16, Ilam, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
While We Were Talking, University of Canterbury Open Day, New Zealand
The Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016, Finalists Exhibition, Pah Homstead
New Zealand Contemporary Art Award 2016, Finalists Exhibition, Waikato Museum
Lives of Objects, University of Canterbury Campus, New Zealand
The Vanguard Project, Salt Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand (Collaboration)
AUT Graduate show, AUT, New Zealand
State of the House, 2015, Arild & Tore Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2017 Jane Rounick Memorial Prize, University of Canterbury
2017 Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship, University of Canterbury
2017 Ethel Susan Jones Fine Arts Travelling Scholarship, University of Canterbury
2016 The Annual Wallace Art Awards, Jury Prize (collaboration)
2016 New Zealand Contemporary Art Award, Merit Award (collaboration)
2016 Salt Gallery Residency, Nelson, New Zealand
2016 University of Canterbury, Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture (current)
2015 Auckland University of Technology, Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design