Jennifer has long been interested in investigating the echoes of form and design that permeate our world. She studies various aspects of the natural world, including microscopic imagery and pictures of the universe. By layering observed drawings and abstract patterns she explores the mysterious patterns that connect us all.
In the body of work named "Echo", the mediums used are primarily acrylic ink, watercolor, pencil, and pen on paper. These pieces were made by using spontaneous marks and controlled patterning. One technique was to create a gesture with acrylic ink, at times making a print of that gesture on an adjacent paper. This diptych then became her starting point as she created layers of drawings and intricate patterns based on images from biology, nature, physics, space, mathematics, architecture, and mapping. A second technique was to start with drawing a variety of structures on the page, adding more painterly, loose elements at a later stage. In some of the pieces, layers are literally constructed with collaged materials.
In the series "100 + 1", Jennifer created all of the work using the same starting point. She first put down a series of unplanned marks on each page by pouring acrylic ink onto the paper and manipulating the ink with water allowing for a variety of pooling effects. Then, working on several papers at once, she let each work grow organically, allowing for both order and entropy and reflecting a range of processes encountered in the natural world.
All of these works focus on Jennifer's desire to connect with the mysterious and complex world beyond our everyday sight. Using the language of abstraction, Jennifer looks to science to open the layers of reality that are beyond and between ordinary human experience. Her process involves playing with observation, spontaneity and control, and order and chaos to inspire wonder and unexpected resonance within the viewer.