30" x 22" (72.2 x 50.8 cm) acrylic, spray paint, graphite, correction tape, caulk on paper
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We are made up of the same stuff as the rest of the universe. Yet we are also imbued with consciousness, which lends us the ability to imagine ourselves as separate. This is as much an illusion as painting is. Conceptually, my work is an exploration of the objecthood of painting and also a metaphysical inquiry. Paintings have always served as portals or windows into another world, whether it be a tangible, earthly world— such as that depicted in a landscape — or an emotional, interior one. In abstract painting the subject becomes a materialization of intangibles, and as such the work can come into the world as here/not here— just as we are here/not here. These paintings are like psychic landscapes, evoking the here/not here, nodding to atoms, subatomic particles, other dimensions, other worlds. Formally they are colorful, playful and impulsive, yet are also physical manifestations of my meditative dreams and emotional vibrations.
Artist is influenced by: Ruth Root, Eva Hesse, Ron Nagle, Minimalism, Joan Mitchell, Automatism, Surrealism, John Cage, Particle Physics, String Theory, Rebecca Morris, Elizabeth Murray, Christopher Wool, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, Printmaking, Collage, Casualist painting, Abstract Expressionism, Rachel Whiteread, Post Analog Painting
Jen Shepard is originally from East Texas and currently lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Tyler and also achieved an MS in communications design at Pratt Institute. Her work takes various forms but often includes vigorous or repetitive mark making, repeated vignetted motifs or patterns, and non-traditional drawing and painting materials. Recent works include painted, dimensional sculptures and assemblages, although she concurrently produces drawings and paintings, which bear a reciprocal relationship to the sculptures. Shepard has also taught foundations art courses at both Pratt Institute and Borough of Manhattan Community College. Shepard’s work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Bushwick Daily and The Coastal Post and is part of collections across the U.S. and the U.K.
New Work City at Momenta Art in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Goodbye Times Bitch, a solo exhibition at Brooklyn, NY Wayfarer’s TOBY project space in Bushwick
Family Ties at 500x Gallery in Dallas, Texas
The Air Around It at The Wright Gallery in Northport, Michigan
the Pratt Institute 2015 Alumni Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS
Xistential: An Exhibition About Chance as Archaeology at Loft 594 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Brave New World as part of Pratt Institute’s Drawings Along Myrtle, Brooklyn, NY
Etch-a-Scratch as part of Pratt Institute’s Drawings Along Myrtle, Brooklyn, NY
Artist's media incudes all or some: stencils, caulk, spray paint, acrylic, graphite sticks, stonehenge paper