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Jennifer Nelson
updated: 04/17/2013
website: www.jenniferanelson.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Night Soil Bird
Flutter
Rest
Thrones and Easy Chairs
Restructure
By Any Other Name: Rosa arkansana, Linum lewisii
Elevate
Church
Over, Under
Untitled
Untitled
Orbit
Back Into
Falling For the Next Big Thing
Falling For the Next Big Thing II
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, fantasy, narrative, nature, dreams
 
 
Night Soil Bird by Jennifer Nelson
Night Soil Bird
inkwash
2013
12" x  12" 
Flutter by Jennifer Nelson
Flutter
ink, paper
2011
23 " x  23 " 
Rest by Jennifer Nelson
Rest
ink, paper
2011
23" x  23" 
Thrones and Easy Chairs by Jennifer Nelson
Thrones and Easy Chairs
ink, paper
2011
23" x  23" 
Restructure by Jennifer Nelson
Restructure
ink, paper
2011
26" x  36" 
By Any Other Name: Rosa arkansana, Linum lewisii by Jennifer Nelson
By Any Other Name: Rosa arkansana, Linum lewisii
ink, paper
2011
26" x  36" 
Elevate by Jennifer Nelson
Elevate
ink, paper
2011
26" x  26" 
Church by Jennifer Nelson
Church
ink, paper
2011
23" x  23" 
Over, Under by Jennifer Nelson
Over, Under
inkwash
2013
22" x  30" 
Untitled by Jennifer Nelson
Untitled
ink, paper
2012
21" x  30" 
Untitled by Jennifer Nelson
Untitled
ink, paper
2012
21" x  30" 
Orbit by Jennifer Nelson
Orbit
ink, paper
2012
21" x  40" 
Back Into by Jennifer Nelson
Back Into
inkwash
2012
22" x  40" 
Falling For the Next Big Thing by Jennifer Nelson
Falling For the Next Big Thing
inkwash
2013
12" x  22" 
Falling For the Next Big Thing II by Jennifer Nelson
Falling For the Next Big Thing II
inkwash
2013
12" x  43" 

Artist Statement
This series of works has been heavily influenced by observations made while residing in the Great Plains and literary strategies. The importance of living in the Great Plains appears in my works as an openness of composition or the isolation of subject matter. There is a tremendous amount of openness in the North Dakota landscape, one becomes acutely aware space, and the things that are present take on greater meaning because of the isolation. The drawings are intentionally spare, often consisting of one or two objects rendered in ink wash with large amounts of white space remaining. The location or setting is unassuming, creating a focus on the action, event, characters and absence of place.

In addition to living in North Dakota, my work is influenced by books and writings. The literary strategy of in medias res or “in the middle of things” has proven very influential. The phrase describes the practice of starting a story in the middle or at the end then piecing together the beginning of the story through flashbacks or recollections. Numerous books and films implement this style of storytelling in which the chronology is disrupted. While my compositions intentionally negate a clear narrative by reducing the visual information to a single moment, the drawings appear as though they are a small part of a larger storyline. My works function as illustrations for absent stories, leaving the viewer to piece together the “how?” and “why?” from the residual visible information.

Artist Bio / CV
Jennifer Nelson graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato with a BS degree in Biology in 1996 and in 2000 received a MA in Painting from the same institution. In 2002 Nelson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a MFA in painting and drawing. Nelson has been featured in solo exhibitions in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana and has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the country. In addition to her many exhibitions she has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Jentel Artist’s Residency in Banner, Wyoming. Nelson currently lives in Grand Forks, ND where she teaches drawing as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Dakota.