QUESTIONING SUBVERT HIERARCHIES THROUGH BOTH HUMOR AND VULNERABILITY - ARTIST JEN DWYER

Jen Dwyer grew up in the Bay Area and studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has lived in Brooklyn, New York but is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Notre Dame. Dwyer is a ceramic artist and painter who makes socially engaged work. She also likes dancing, reading and hot yoga.



In the post-election aftermath, my practice shifted in response to contemporary gender politics. In my current practice I aim to question and subvert hierarchies through both humor and vulnerability. In my recent work I use fanciful, intricate porcelain mirror frames, candelabras and miscellaneous vessels that merge iconology from antiquity, rococo, pop, surrealism and the uncanny, infused with contemporary feminist themes. As a culture, our associations with power are limited, I hope to broaden them by gathering imagery across cultural lines and histories that explore the subjugation of the female body and create decorative quasi-functional sculptures that offer a remixed interpretation of utopia.


Process

My work is a complication of hand build, slipcased, thrown and burns out in ceramics (mainly porcelain). I use a variety of underglazes, glazes and lusters for my surfaces.




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