When Jennifer was small, she wanted to be an artist. She was the kid in school who would draw a picture of your favorite musician or heart throb (never horses!) But she had to get serious, so studied science and chemistry and went to a university for engineering.
Eventually, she disappointed her parents and ended up getting a BFA in P&D, not a fiscally sound decision. She made small paintings, then ginormous paintings. It was that era. Ones that wouldn’t fit in the back of a pickup truck. She showed art, and opened a gallery with a few friends to some minuscule acclaim. She lived in a dark warehouse with no heat and had small jobs that would pay rent. She surprised herself by getting a full scholarship to grad school and made sculptures and videos and installations.
Ironically, when she was about to graduate, she came down with a crippling chronic illness. With no health insurance and little cash, she watched her painful hands and feet twist and bend on cheap steroid prescriptions given to her in emergency rooms. With an MFA, she luckily began teaching in universities, jobs with insurance, jobs that still paid so little. But she loved the students and the studios and access to a giant wood shop.
When San Francisco beckoned with lucrative dotcom income and an escape from the Texas heat, she sold everything, quit her professor job (crazy her friends said) and headed West. To earn cash and insurance she learned front end and UI and ABM and lost a tiny bit of her soul in marketing. Marketing jobs that fueled her joint surgeries and modern drug therapies.
Then she quit.
Now she makes little paintings in a little studio. With heat.
Still Need an Artist Statement
Why paint? Why create? Why not.
It helps me breathe. It keeps me sane.
A small happiness. Brain bending. Tiny bits of import. Humility. Ego-ending. Re-constructing, de-constructing memories of the past and future before they are lost, like tears in the rain.
2023 CONTEMPORARY ART: FOLKLORE, FAKELORE, PERSONAL MYTHS, Bonita Museum, San Diego
2023 THE DEYOUNG OPEN, deYoung Art Museum, San Francisco
2023 MADE IN THE USA: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, TAG Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Past Selected Exhibits
1999 DALLAS SOCIETY OF VISUAL COMMUNICATORS VIDEO FESTIVAL
1999 WIRED FOR LIVING, MAC Museum
1998 ANTIMATTER FESTIVAL
1998 FESTIVAL OF NATIONS, Austria
1997 DALLAS VIDEO FESTIVAL
1997 L.A. FILM FORUM, Los Angeles
1996 DALLAS VIDEO FESTIVAL
1996 GRAVITIES ANGELS, two person show
1996 EXQUISITE CORPSE, juried show
1995 SILVER IMAGES FESTIVAL
1994 TEXAS VISUAL ARTS ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION, juried show
1995 SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL
1994 FRAME OF MIND
1994 OFF-LINE Broadcast
1994 SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL
1992 UTAH FILM FESTIVAL
1992 THE VELVET SHOW, traveling exhibition
1992 THE SWAG METHOD, one person show
1992 NMSU NATIONAL ART COMPETITION NMSU juried show
1992 DENVER ART MUSEUM
1990 PEOPLE TRANSFORMING PLACES, juried show
1989 EARTH DAY SHOW, juried show
1988 NEW WORKS, one person show
1987 TEXAS VISUAL ARTS ASSOCIATION SHOW, juried show
1987 MACABRE SHOW, juried show
1986 NEW WORKS-BOYD, HOFFECKER, ROE, three person show
1985 MADONNA PROJECT, group show
1985 EMERGENCE '85, group show
1984 THEATRE GALLERY, group show
2000 Juror Webby Awards
1998 Texas Filmmaker’s Grant
1998 Member Artist Advisory Committee for the MAC Museum
1997 Dallas Cultural Grant
1997 Best Works of the Decade, Dallas Video Festival
1996 Juror, USA Film Festival
1995 National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1994 Juror Award, Texas Visual Arts Association
1994 Best Experimental Work, Artscene Video Festival
1994 Best Video Work of the Year, Dallas Observer
1993 Presentation Society of Photographic Educators
1992 Lecture Denver Art Museum
1991 Creative Work Grant Award, University of Colorado
1991 Dean's Grant Award, University of Colorado
1991 Juror Award, Artzone
1991 Doctoral Fellowship, University of Colorado
1990 Teaching Award, University of North Texas
1989 Teaching Award, University of North Texas