An enthusiastic artist as a child, Jennifer Hunter put the practice aside when she chose to major in English, and worked as a writer and editor for many years. In 2007, at age 36, Jen attended a collaging workshop on a lark, and she has been making up for lost time ever since. She left her career as a professional organizer due to the severity of her ME/CFS, and is now a full-time artist, a lifelong dream (the art part, not the disability part). She has exhibited in many open studios and shows in the Boston area, including almost a decade in WMOS. Jen is a member of ArtsMedford and has served on its board. She lives in West Medford with her husband Andrew and daughter Ilana (also an artist, and showing with Jen this year).
Most of my work has been in collage and assemblage with found materials. I enjoy the challenge of working within limitations, and I also love transforming turning potential landfill into something beautiful. The papers come from magazines, calendars, old books and letters, anything that catches my attention. I like found objects in wood, glass, metal, and occasionally plastic, especially if they’re broken, worn, or patina-ed in some way. Of course free stuff is best, but I’m willing to spend a little money if I find something awesome at a thrift shop or antique show (Brimfield is the best!). Each piece grows organically. I start with one or two elements, and add more as feels necessary. Sometimes I stop almost right away; sometimes the piece becomes very complex. The final result often manages to be both a surprise and strangely familiar at the same time. Most recently, I have started more drawing and painting.