January 19 – February 25, 2018
“My work is about the darker side of the human condition – anxieties, grievances, confrontations – and how these things manifest and are contained in the physical body.”
Jenn Angell of River Falls, WI, is a sculptor who works primarily with clay, high fire stoneware and porcelain. She received her BFA in ceramics from University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2017. Angell’s education includes workshops at Penland (NC) School of Crafts in 2015 and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO, in 2015 and 2016. Her interests and influences include psychology, human anatomy/medical illustration, and the artists Louise Bourgeois, Lauren Gallaspy, Salvador Dali, and Jason Briggs.
Clay remembers. It holds on to every touch, no matter how minor. Whether repressed or prominent, the memories remain. Much like humans, clay responds to its environment. It gets stretched, pushed, pulled, scarred. It can become stressed. It demonstrates flexibility, fragility, and strength at its different stages. Every interaction with its maker and its environment is contained within it.
My work is about the darker side of the human condition – anxieties, grievances, confrontations – and how these things manifest and are contained in the physical body. The body becomes a container for these traumas, a storage space for the weight of the unconscious. Somewhere to put the things that you don’t know how to deal with or don’t want to deal with or simply can’t deal with.
I am interested in how we remember, or repress, these traumas. With this work, I am attempting to access that which cannot be seen, only felt once upon a time and decided by the mind that they were too hard, too heavy to process, the things that my mind has shoved somewhere deep into the depths of itself, to examine the disturbances that I have preserved.
Angell’s work was featured in Disquiet, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis (juried, 2017) and BFA Thesis Exhibition, UWRF (2017). She was awarded UWRF undergraduate stipend and expenses grants in 2016 and 2017