Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Jenna Foster

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2012 B.F.A. with a focus in Painting

My paintings are invented spaces within which I playfully interpret experiences and the body.  I use forms that have a physical property as a point of departure, which I then reinvent to cause them to diverge from their recognizable properties and gravitational laws into new biomorphic intermingling forms.   I deconstruct and rearrange my subject matter in unpredictable ways, thus re-working its meaning and calling attention to the fluidity of definition.  Through this method I create a visual questioning of realities, an appreciation of the absence of truth and a celebration of the opportunity to toy with these contradictions.     

   
The process I use is largely driven by my studies in feminist theory and aesthetics. I am interested in the connections between art and the way we live in a society that depends upon the construction of truth.  Truth is sought through categorizations, linear trajectories with a ‘beginning’ and ‘end,’ binary thinking, and an ongoing quest to achieve the physical and metaphysical notion of the ‘ideal.’  Whereas specified societal groups construct a kind of truth through privilege, others must learn to live with that prevailing mode while creating their own constructed realities.  Broadly, the contemplation of these issues inhabits my paintings and informs my life and actions.    Painting allows me to rearrange experiences rather than to reproduce things.  The scenes of amorphous, colorful forms that intermingle within an indefinable space speak to the notion of indeterminacy as a powerful force for the individual and collective, alike. 
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