Featured Artist: Jennifer Davis
Where can we find your work?
I am a painter living in Minneapolis, MN with my partner of 18 years, Brad, and our cat of 18 years, Nudge. I have a studio in our house where I paint full time.
What type of art do you make?
I am mostly a painter- I make smallish acrylic paintings- but I like to dabble in a few other things- collage, hand painted sculptures, drawing…
“Oh My Dog”, Jennifer Davis
Describe your creative process:
I normally start a painting by layer several colors onto a panel and then using a reductive process (such as sanding or scraping) to mar the surface. The surface irregularities often suggest faces or objects so I build the narrative of the painting around whatever bubbles up. I usually finish all of my paintings by adding tiny details with a fine point pencil.
What/who inspires you?
I used to have a canned answer about what inspires me- other people’s art, films, animals, vintage toys, found images, blah blah blah- but I have come to realize that I don’t understand where inspiration comes from at all. I think I would want to make art even if I was locked in a dark room. Inspiration is a mystery to me!
“Hideaway”. Jennifer Davis.
What draws you to the materials you use? Why do you use them?
I work very quickly, with lots of layered paint- and I have very little patience. Acrylic paints suit me best because they dry quickly. I love my mechanical pencil too-because it is pink.
About the content and ideas behind your artwork:
The most difficult question for me to answer! Since my mode of working is so intuitive and spontaneous I don’t start out with ideas about the content. I don’t really work in series so it is hard to make generalizations about my the content of my work as a whole. There are themes that pop-up frequently- and most of them have a narrative quality, an eerie feeling- but I prefer to think of each painting as having unique content and ideas. OR- I am just too inarticulate to explain. =0)
“Cat Cars”. Jennifer Davis
Whats happening in YOUR art world right now?
My most recent exhibition, “Free Association
” at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University ended last week. It was a wonderful experience. I am in a show at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland, CA that opens on 10/5/13 called “Neu Folk Revival
“. I have just started work on a series of my largest works to date (4×4′ panels) for an upcoming solo show in Minneapolis related to my recent Next Step Fund Grant
. I am documenting my grant project here
“Spoiler Alert”. Jennifer davis
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