Jennifer Emily Dwyer grew up in the rolling hills of Northern California. After high school she attended University of Washington, where she studied art and environmental studies. After graduating she traded nature for culture and moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works.
My work aims to convey and deconstruct the following ideas: time, memory and connection. I address these themes through photography, ceramics and mixed media. Time and memory are expressed with the feelings of impermanence and simultaneous permanence, which flow through all of my work. They are represented in my photographs of ephemeral objects documented with the long lasting medium of photography, and physically represented in my ceramic work. I capture images that express a feeling of nostalgia and explore a dream state, while showcasing a familiar person or place, grounding the viewer in reality. I aim to create images that the viewer can identify with, without needing to know the specific details about the photograph. Recording memories and reflecting on them in a tangible form is how I express beauty and bring the viewer and myself into a universal space through time. In my work, I strive to show human connections and step away from the egocentric, industrial age we live in. My work is a reflection on the world around us and how we live in and use various materials and resource. My ceramic and found object work enable me to construct identifiable objects and place them in a conflicting setting or repurpose objects, challenging what we know them to be. Through permanent mediums, I reference fleeting moments, mortal beings and evanescent relationships. The connection between my art form and subject matter is where I ask most of my questions, evoking mindfulness about our own lives and our individual and collective purposes.
b. 1988, Marin, California
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY