biography b. 1976, Jen Pack lives in Los Ranchos, New Mexico. She received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 1997 and an MLIS from San Jose State University in 2008. Packs work has been described as an artistic oxymoron: both loud and quiet, solid and transparent, hand-made and precise, delicate and aggressive, exuberant and restrained, formal and emotional. A reflection of her, an artist of blended culture who is both loud and quiet, urban and rural, delicate and aggressive, masculine and feminine, adventurous and routine. artist statement
My work embodies a space in the seam between painting and sculpture, yet is made of fabric. It intersects sculptural forms and minimalist painting while referencing traditional fiber arts in an inceptive framework. It combines softness and transparency with the hardness of shaped and solid form. My work challenges the viewer to reconsider the artistic products associated with traditional feminine craft while referencing a masculine heritage. It exists in a state of duality that is familiar yet displaced and evokes conversations that examine perception and process.
I am a color explorer and consider explorations in color to be, in essence, an inquiry of truth. It is created through the activity of intense seeing and is a reflection of an exploration of the soul and the liminal relationships between truth, beauty, and identity. I attempt to see into the depths of color, past outer distractions to meaning that resides within deconstructed forms, and listen to the hum of murmuring color. The collapsing of genres, spaces, identities, and norms is integral to my work, as are the tensions that manifest in the sound of color created through vibration and dissonance and the songs they create in resolving those tensions.