So, picking up and touching his incredibly textural slab built piece made my year. The form is simple, but has so much fine detail in the slight glaze work and sgraffito. The backside reveals folds of clay coming together and has flashing from kiln firing. He also made two small indentions correlating to where the breasts of his form are on the front side. The whimsical quality of this form reminds me of one of my favorite artists, Joan Miro, but definitely more toned down in color and form. I am in love with the fingers and toes on this figure. The shapes of nail are just hinted at by carved lines. This piece is simple, but incredibly grand at the same time.
Jen says that she, "is a collector of the discarded, and a curator of kitsch with an affinity for the tasteless and cheap." She exposes the ugly or crude sides of life and celebrates it for all of its delightfully honest nastiness. Her choice to immortalize a child beauty queen in all of her gaudy glory tickles me. The technical skill of this piece is impeccable. I believe she found a great way in which to talk about the competitive sexualization of young girls and how grandly absurd the child beauty pageant culture is. Jen doesn't shy away from loaded, subversive content and I very much respect her bravery and skill.