What She Does: It's very hard to describe Jenn Fox's work because it's like snagging pink elephants out of a hallucination, but I'll give it a shot. By trade she's a mixed media artist who works with sculptures, paintings, and collages to create strange narrative works that though static, seem to move like a freakin' Bakshi cartoon.
It's not comfortable work. Fox has a strange aversion to the human face, with many of her subjects peering out of a fog, turned away from the viewer, or featuring little more than the suggestion of expression. Even when her subjects face full front they often have closed eyes. It allows for a fair bit of projection from a the viewer, but also suggests a strange loss of identity when place in her swirling, muddy backgrounds or amidst her slightly surreal photography collages.
The result is literally like being in someone else's dream, and that may be the best way to look at what Fox does. She always had a healthy appreciation for art, but a lack of any real early training convinced her it was a pipe dream. Eventually she decided to set out on her unique path, and she took a very literal approach to creation. Fox typically spends days writing poems and stories about her pieces before launching herself into the studio to get her hands dirty. That tiny touch of multi-faceted obsession is what lends such depth to the final product.
Why She Likes It: "I love the process that goes into painting. Mixing colors, creating texture, and adding different mediums to a piece."
What Inspires Her: Dichotomy is a big part of Fox's work, awake and asleep, black and white, and most of all good an evil. She says that the millions of choices we make in the face of conflict is a driving force behind what inspires her creations. The null space between decision is where her particular flower grows best.
Artistically she looks up to Kiefer, Rauschenberg, Burchfield, Michael Roque Collins, and her husband Taylor Brown.
If Not Here, Then Where: "I love Houston! I am a sucker for sunsets, and I don't think they get much better than in Texas. There is something nostalgic to me about the color of the sky during the summer and the sound of cicadas that I haven't experienced anywhere else. If I were to move I would love to live in the mountains around more diverse wildlife than the raccoons that live under our apartment.
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If Not This, Then What: "If I couldn't paint I have NO idea what I would do. I love to garden. Maybe I would start a little farm and spend all day outside! Although that may happen if we ever move out of Montrose and get a little more yard space."
What's Next: Fox is keeping on keeping on showing in galleries all over the country, which seems like a good plan. Right now she's working with Sojourn Heights as Artist in Residence.
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