Scape(s), Jennifer Smith
Jennifer comes from Co. Roscommon in the west of Ireland. In 2000 she completed an art portfolio preparation course in Galway Technical Institute. In The Limerick School of Art & Design she received herBachelor Degree of Fine Art, Painting in 2005.Following her studies, Jennifer spent 4 years travelling around the worldand settled in The Netherlands in 2011.She established her 1st studio in 2012. To present her work she made a publication of her work –Scape(s), which has been included in several bookfairs and at The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Her first Solo Exhibition –Scape(s) was at Feile na Bealtaine ArtsFestival 2014, in Co Kerry, Ireland.
Jennifer has since been involved in group exhibitions in Ireland. In 2015 she was 1 of 6 young artists selected to exhibit as part of The Young Art Crowd event in The VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
About the work:
The deeper thoughts behind her artwork explore concepts of The Self. There is a suggestion of a loose narrative that explores these themes through aspects of morality, faith, sexuality, time, space and movement. Jennifer is an intuitive artist. Working mostly on a large scale, with the dominating female figure she aims not to focus on the external appearance, but the physical reality of the human form and its psychological value.
Her art binds the complexities of the depth of the human psyche and the complexities of image making. Balancing between representation and abstraction she explores the relationship between the physical artwork and the emotional response to it.
She explores the technical properties of the paint. The texture and use of paint makes the artwork an object or force in its own right. Images of nude female figures without any interruption of its motion dissapear and emerge in often vacant spaces. With obscured faces they are in abstract terms an expression of emotions. The result is a nakedness heavy with
meaning while also remaining ambiguous. Jennifer Smith declares to use the female figure because there is an autobiographical element to her work.
To present her first series of work titled _Scape(S), she independently made a publication of her work of the same title –Scape(s) in the summer of 2013 at the Jan Van Eyck Acadamie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.