April 28 – May 28
Common Ground Gallery
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, May 12, 7 – 9 PM
There is a signature landscape created over generations through a process of expanding sprawl and revisionist remodeling. Jenna Wright’s work starts with the “home” and the dense suburban environment of her native New Jersey. The Northeast’s landscape has been altered and sculpted by residential living and greatly differs from the relative openness of the American West. Texas provided the contrast to assess her suburban surroundings in a broader way.
The essence of intimacy and abstraction of the sociological home is what she debates. The trending that occurs within human behavior relating to aesthetics of the home is what she brings awareness to in her work. The molding of an individual, the formation (interior/exterior) of a home, and the shaping of a landscape all have common ideals in our society, to which she is drawn.
Her conceptual development starts with the physical media, whether that is clay, wood, or found material. She constantly thinks of the individual within the society. What are their choices? How and why are they making those choices? We all curate our homes as an aesthetic expression of individuality but this expression is censored by the pressure of social mores. Wright explores how conventional social pressures impact our understanding of home and domestic comforts.
About the Artist: Jenna Wright is originally from New Jersey. She graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she received a B.F.A. focusing in Ceramics and a B.S.E. in Art Education K – 12. She recently received her M.F.A. from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She was a studio artist at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland and recently served as Artist in Residence at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.