In my process I interrogate…
No, that is not right, I never shine such a bright light on my subjects.
I converse… with subjects as diverse as my experience.
In my work I ask questions which I then attempt to answer. Though most of the paintings that result are not solutions in themselves but ongoing questions. I can develop each idea only up to a point on a single canvas. What completion would look like is vague anyway; usually I count success as (ambiguity and) the suggestion of more questions.
I make pictures that look like things. But the “things” are more often than not signifiers for subjects other than those which appear in the painted image. In the way that a particularly verdant spot in a landscape implies a source, a current running underneath the landscape, which feeds its growth but does not appear on the surface, I have a dual interest in painting and ideas. Though I never distance myself from the more intuitive and sensual process that is painting.
In my process I allow each new work to become a unique interrogation, and therefore do not expect or depend upon any degree of similarity in outcome. And so the paintings develop with varying degrees of facility or awkwardness. Through deconstructing or plagiarizing art historical models I further engage with the process and history of painting; wrangling the visual tropes and leitmotifs from the past into a uniquely contemporary vision.
Painting is a dialog in a language which at best I misconstrue – and at worst I use to illuminate that misunderstanding – for I believe that in both the verbal and the visual languages a simple wavering question can hold more truth, more sincerity, than the echoing, assertive and solid reply.
Artist Bio / CV
Jennifer Mazza received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has exhibited at various venues throughout New York and New Jersey. Most recently Mazza's paintings have been included in a solo exhibition "Self Deceit" at the Jersey City Museum, as well as solo exhibitions at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY and Tomasulo Gallery in Cranford, NJ. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts in both 2001 and 2008 and was selected to participate in both the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art’s 2003 Emerge program and Creative Capital’s Strategic Planning Seminars. Mazza has been awarded fellowships from VCCA, the Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Center, the Jentel Foundation and Yaddo. She received a Project Space award from PS122 for 2006-2007, a Rotating Studio Program residency at AAI in 2008 and was Artist in Residence at the Newark Museum in January of 2008. Her work has been reviewed in Contemporary magazine, the New Jersey Star Ledger and the New York Times.