"Ephemera" by Jen Blazina
Appealing to a universal experience of being a family member, Jen Blazina creates installations, which echo fragments of the past. Her artwork incorporates appropriated photographs, which retain evidence of recollections of ephemeral moments. Repetition of these images reiterates a fragmentation of memory.
Discarded objects, as well as mementos passed down to Jen by her family, have become personal keepsakes, narratives and icons. These materials then become tangible reminders and residues.
Jen's installations utilize commonplace possessions, autobiographical vignettes and subtle images to evoke a haunting and fleeting sense of a familiarity with the past. By preserving objects through casting and fabrication, she recalls their history as part of her current voice. Glass represents a sense of holding onto a place in time and a portal to a moment. Photographs and selected objects become iconic and allude to evidence of temporal narratives and moments.