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Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter




Jennifer Hunter

Biography

Jennifer Hunter, 38, is doing her best to cram as much experience as possible into a finite lifespan.  She is a single mother, a professional home organizer, a Jewish NeoPagan, a writer of books, stories, and articles, and is finally returning to her lost love of creating art, left behind in college.  A perennially struggling entrepreneur, she has begun devoting time to art in the leap of faith that when a person follows her bliss, the universe will help her along.  Her collages are made mostly from castoff magazine pictures and other recycled materials.  She has exhibited in West Medford Open Studios, the Medford Arts Festival, Arlington Open Studios, and the Arisia science-fiction convention.  She lives in West Medford, Massachusetts, with her daughter, boyfriend, and two housemates. Her art can be found at  http://picasaweb.google.com/jenhunter369 and her professional organizing website is at http://www.findyourfloor.org.

Statement

The pictures and words that go into my collages come from magazines, calendars, and occasionally from old books.  I like to page through these things to find images that call to me.  I tend to gravitate towards vivid colors, sensuous body shapes, nature, and strong graphic elements.  Rather than take more control over my images by shooting photos myself, or including more drawing or painting, I prefer the challenge of making something out of a limited range of options.  It’s like writing a poem within a proscribed form.

I start with the background (or the box, or frame), and then choose elements by size, from largest to smallest, based on what looks interesting to me and what images seem to go together.  Usually I have no theme in mind; I think those collages come out best.  I lay the images out over a large area, either the floor or a large table.  I test a few configurations, and I put some images back if I realize they “don’t belong.” before I start gluing.  This way, the work grows organically, and when it’s complete, it often looks somehow familiar to me, as if it has always been just like that.

It makes me a little sad to sell my pieces, because I get to know them so intimately when I’m creating them, and because each one is so unlike any other.  But I’m also glad to set them free into the world so I can keep making more.

Contact:
Jennifer Hunter
20 Circuit St.
Medford, MA 02155
781-777-2423
findyourfloor@gmail.com
www.findyourfloor.org