Jennifer Towner, Untitled, ink on paper, 15.5" x 20.5"
American, b. 1967, playing from Seattle, WA, USA
Jennifer Towner is a Seattle-based artist. She received her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.
She is currently working on planning a cross country road trip to the Vermont Studio Center where she will be an Artist in Residence. While there, she will work on documentation of her “Jeneratorroadtrip” and give slide lectures on the road trips from her childhood.
Art is hard.
Thoughts on the Telephone process
The process of interpreting someone else’s work is heavy.
I went through a period of at least a month where I walked past the photo I had printed out, trying to figure out what it was saying. Or rather, what it meant.
It took up space on my apartment floor, near the television.
I kept thinking about how to interpret it in my own way – using the tools in my practice, but they didn’t fit.
The result is a drawing and a poem (or words, perhaps?).
The words came first…the drawing came after.
I don’t draw.
I guess the whole process led me to discover that sometimes we just have to put things out there and not worry about whether or not it fits or looks right. The work I created came from place deeper in my soul, it may not appear complete but to me it is enough.