My artistic investigations manifest in two and three dimensions, and involve pattern, chance, and the development of systems through which chance can act on pattern. Repetition engenders a contemplative state, and creates an opportunity to glimpse one’s inner space. And yet the introduction of chance into a pattern always has interesting visual results. The transformative effect of chance acting on structure begins to mimic nature.
In bringing about these ideas I use diverse and unexpected media—especially proliferations of readymade objects. I enjoy the challenge of exploring materiality and pushing media to suit the subject. Lately I’ve been attracted to media that involves light as a vital component which interacts with the form and becomes integral to the piece.
I have developed a series of paintings and sculptural installations. The paintings could be regarded as minimalist mandalas. Originating from a central point, they are constructed one brushstroke at a time outward to the edges. When complete, the surface engages light in a specific way, and varies in response to ambient light conditions and the perspective of the viewer. Currently, I am working on a series of sculptural installations that imagine a much larger perspective—one that allows us an opportunity to draw back and consider how things are connected; how trajectories and intersections through time can be translated into a formal visual situation. My process continues to involve the creation of systems that allow structure and chance to collaborate, and I am engaged with ideas of perspective, light as vibration, extra dimensions, networks and connectivity. The work then, is in using my hands to bring these perceptions to a human scale. As such, I am attempting to manifest a cohesive visual occurrence that results in some sort of interaction with phenomena at the edge of our experience, through use of geometries, repetition, proportion, and the unknown.
Jennifer Joseph (1966) moved from Philadelphia to Santa Fe, NM in 1991 after completing her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. In the last eighteen years, she has dedicated herself to a body of work consisting of painting and sculptural installation that is primarily an investigation of subtle structures. Using proliferations of one thing, whether it is a brushstroke or a readymade object, Joseph creates systems and employs structures that interact with the random phenomena of light, perspective and perception. Her process is largely meditative and seeks to elucidate energy patterns and vibrations, to bring attention to light and to remind the viewer that beauty is a powerful antidote to a disaffected world.
Joseph was recently named in the Santa Fean magazine as one of the top emerging artists in Santa Fe. In January of 2008, she was included in an exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art that was curated by Whitney curator Elizabeth Sussman. In 2006 she was commissioned to do a piece for NMMA’s permanent collection, and also in 2006 completed a large scale site specific installation there for the exhibition, Constellation. She also recently completed a major installation at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Her 3D work was included in 3D Art/Techné, a catalog of contemporary 3D artists in New Mexico published last year by Fresco Fine Arts Publishing. She was also recently named as a force driving the contemporary art scene in Santa Fe because of her role as a primary organizer of Bloc-Busta, an independent curatorial initiative and publication featuring 86 contemporary artists in the area. In spring 2009, New Mexico Art in Public Places purchased one of her large installation pieces for the permanent collection of Navajo Preparatory School. She regularly exhibits her work in Santa Fe, and has exhibited nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.