ABOUT THE WORK
This piece is from the series called Duration. I created 16 of these drawings and I was thinking about the time it takes to move from the center of a space to the outer limits. Each of the drawings in this series starts in the center of the circle and moves outwards. In general, my work is related to ideas of time and space, and attempts to create quiet still spaces which reflect the labor intensive process of the making but also the meditative space that each drawing creates, both for me and hopefully, for the viewer.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in New Jersey in 1971, Jenifer Kent received her BFA from Rutgers University in 1994, and MFA from Mills College in 1999. She currently lives in Northern California and has exhibited in locations there such as the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, The Lab & the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Recently, Jenifer’s work was selected for inclusion in the West Marin Journal, New American Paintings and the Drawing Discourse Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing at UNC Asheville. She illustrated Thich Nhat Hanh’s Moments of Mindfulness and has been awarded an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute, the Lucid Arts Foundation, and Wildlands. Her work is in the Alameda County Arts Collection as well as numerous private collections. Jenifer is represented in San Francisco by the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
The symmetry of my work would suggest a mechanical approach using rulers and grids, but my drawings are done freehand, evolving organically, each according to its own cadence. Each mark exists as evidence of a distinct and patient process, an incremental accumulation that requires minute attention to detail and leaves little room for error in an iterative and meditative process. Drawing acceleration and movement, I slow down and mark time.
I examine the mechanisms of time, nature, space, and sound. Using black ink on a clay coated surface I hand-draw lines that coalesce into a field or form. The shapes mirror microscopic and cosmic landscapes, zooming in to suggest cellular structures and then out again, into hyperspace. These drawings are never still, though they seek to capture a moment in time, a suspension of sound, a paused chaos.
My influences include minimalist artists such as Sol Lewitt and Agnes Martin, the drawings of Van Gogh, the music of Morton Feldman.