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Online Artist Talk:
Jennifer B. Thoreson

Tuesday, March 29, 5:00 – 6:00pm PST
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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In her artist talk, Jennifer Thoreson will walk you through the evolution of her work, from earlier practices of digital assemblage to her current use of sculpture and installation in her intricately staged photographs. Jennifer is interested in human belief systems and faith practices, and explores these themes in a variety of ways through her handmade objects and constructed images. Jennifer heavily employs the use of symbol and metaphor in both materialization and visual representation. She will deconstruct her conceptual thinking, and discuss how meaning is thoughtfully layered throughout her work. Jennifer will also share her current in-progress work, a large-scale collaborative installation piece nearly a year in the making, and invite you to become part of the work!

Bio:
Jennifer B. Thoreson is a photographer, teacher, lecturer, and mother of two boys who lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. She holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico. Her work is heavily metaphorical, and delves into the nuances of human relationships, human fragility, and the ephemeral, temporary nature of human life. Through her exploration of questions surrounding faith and religious practices, she critically conceptualizes different themes to produce images rich in allegory, engaging with her viewers as they question and explore the themes for themselves. The complexity of her work is rooted in her practice. She carefully orchestrates each image by manipulating symbolic materials, constructing site specific installations and sculptures, and meticulously staging every scene to imbue each element, from the smallest to the largest, with meaning and significance. The elements and spaces she fabricates and captures in her images play as important a role in her art as the finished photographs themselves.

Jennifer’s work has gained an international audience through inclusion in museum and gallery exhibitions, spanning the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Russia, Australia, France, Switzerland, Lithuania, and the United Kingdom. Her work is held in museum collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Musee de l’Elysee, Switzerland; and has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Houston Center for Photography (solo), the Blue Sky Gallery (solo), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL (group). In addition, her work has been published worldwide, in well-known publications, including Black and White Magazine, Diffusion Magazine, and Installation Magazine. In 2011, a monograph of her work, entitled Medic, was published. Awards include Photo Star Award (Kaunas, Lithuania); International Center of Photography (ICP) Leadership Medallion; Photolucida Book Award; Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Franks Memorial Grant.

To see more of Jennifer’s work, please visit her website. >

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