I was born in Honduras in 1992, where the culture is generally family-orientated and large extended families lived together under one roof; so when my parents moved to the States when I was still very young, it was essential to my mother to return every summer to visit. This helped me retain much of my Spanish language and kept me immersed in my heritage. In 1999, I moved to... Read More
I work to create portraits of people that do not actually exist, yet may theoretically exist among our society. I paint these portraits working from my ideas of drug addicts, heavy smokers, alcoholics, and homeless (street people) people that appear aged, wrinkled, and weathered.
The people I paint are not what you usually find on billboard ads or in magazines, however they are people that could be found in... Read More
Relationships define my functional pottery. These relationships are built and communicated in my work through touch, function, and beauty. This communication of information is interpreted over time through use. It continuously reveals the relationship between myself, my hands, and the user.
When making, I think of my pieces visually as sculptural objects with presence and stamina, but ultimately with purpose. I observe and enhance the visual and physical relationships... Read More
Over the last four years I have developed a passion for functional ceramics. My forms are an organic expression of myself. The indents, curves and edges of my tea bowls create an interactive relationship with the viewer. My smooth glazes range from transparent, opaque, shiny and matte and are meant to excite the senses and invite people to include art in their everyday lives. My art fits comfortably in... Read More
How we interact with the world is what makes us inherently human. Our sense of touch connects us with the things that surround us. Plastic, composite materials, synthetic fabric, chemically enhanced food, vinyl siding, all have become part of a familiar landscape filled with alien materials. In recent times we have synthesized so many materials that we have fooled ourselves into believing things are different than they actually are.... Read More
Alchemy is the process through which all things both living and dead are broken down into their base elements and then are reconstituted into something else. In the past it was linked with the turning of lead into gold.
I revel in concept of alchemy; in both the form and the ideas that drive it, the acquisition and reinstitution of found objects, the emphasis on celebrating the unique beauty... Read More
My landscape paintings form a connection and interface between time of day, and emotion. The landscape series is a compilation of my own surroundings and everyday sights. They were inspired by a collection of photographs that I had taken on my walks home, driving in the car, or trips to watch the sunset with friends. The imagery unconsciously made stop to take a picture because I was captured by... Read More
“They say everybody dies twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”(Irvin D. Yalom)
My Grandfather Walter’s life and death have been a driving force for me throughout my life and within all of my work. He passed away when I was young and even though we had very little time together, the... Read More
Hundreds of photographs, some loose, most tucked into the plastic sleeves of black albums lined on the shelf. I’ve held every one dozens of times but the longing for days and moments past never ceases. Building Memory is an installation of drawings inspired by both my own recollections, and those I experience through those photos captured by my loved ones. These combined compositions of the faces of the past... Read More
We all have a dream don’t we?
Dreams and nightmares are a big part of everyone’s lives, mine included. Starting as kids and going all the way through our adult lives, we have nightmares, dreams that cause fear, anxiety, sadness and despair, much like the thought of death knocking at our door. As we get older the occurrence of a nightmare stays the same and... Read More
After travelling thru the Australian Outback this past June, I observed numerous sunrises and sunsets, unlike I had ever experienced in the US. The colors in the background and the silhouettes that they created in the foreground were absolutely stunning. However, this experience was not the best part, the stars in the evening sky were spectacular. Standing in areas untouched by light pollution, the sky appeared clear and bright... Read More
Rarely visible to the naked eye, these circular forms vibrating with energy and life are captured by the digital media. This spiritual phenomenon has somehow manifested itself in my work; hugged by a wispy haze or a tail of fog, the circles are repetitious and changing in size, dimension, and time. They are lost and at home as they continuously disappear and emerge from the bed of my work.... Read More
Christopher Jennerjohn – Artist Statement
My installation, entitled Panels and Pyramids, grew out of this notion of feeling overwhelmed. In one form or another we all experience this feeling. Like the Abstract Expressionists, my creative process is just as important as the finished product. By creating art that reveals layers of thought, time, energy and emotion I am better able to express myself to the viewer. To have these... Read More
In the past two years I have realized how much I appreciate my family and how they have been and always will be there for me. Through my artwork I acknowledge the love I have been given in my life. From photographs collected over the years to permanently imprinted memories, I can hold onto my mother, father, and brothers.
I have chosen to integrate this quilt into these large... Read More
Drawing has become my avenue of creativity and exploration. It’s this mark making that gives me the freedom to connect my thoughts to a drawing surface. Although I enjoy painting and printmaking, drawing has become my way of expression.
Through drawing, I have accomplished a greater understanding of the human form. This has given me the confidence to visually explore the connections between family members, past and present. It... Read More
The heavy heavy weight
The constant rapid change
The slow deterioration of functionality
These pieces are inspired by broken down demolished buildings, junkyards and forgotten houses. Basing the prints and drawings off images such as this is due to their sense of delicate abandonment located within them. They demonstrate the frailty of life and the constant unexpected changes that... Read More
Life is complex yet there are simple fundamentals that are essential to our livelihood. Agriculture has allowed society to develop and exist. The process of growing our own food is required for survival. Food production has drastically changed from what it was 100 years ago. Farming has become industrialized, where monoculture and methods that heavily rely on fossil fuels is the norm. Highly... Read More
In my work I combine contrasting images and materials to discuss the complexity of femininity in our culture. I chose to draw large self-portraits to display how I struggle with my own roll as a woman. The classic pin-up style references the archaic nature of social norms upheld by young women, despite cultural revolutions and supposed freedom. In the drawings, the word hold is used to... Read More
Art has always maintained the position of home field advantage and stability in my life. Both sports and art are truly special to me. I have been inspired by my mother’s passion for stained glass as she pursues her careers as both artist and teacher. Having such a personal connection to art within my family has allowed me to create my own body of work, influenced by her and... Read More
Simply stated, I am interested in ordinary, everyday interactions, simple everyday people. Snapshots from life. Showing real people, real interactions. Candid. Caught in between classical photograph poses. The moment after or before someone thinks you’re snapping a picture, or possibly when they’re not expecting it at all. When people are just being themselves, however quietly or foolishly. Images from a life (my life, your life), no less important because... Read More
How do you make a piece of art extraordinary? That is the question I asked myself at the beginning of my senior year. Being in several printmaking classes over the last four years encouraged me to consider other ideas and materials that I could incorporate into my artwork. I am drawn to the New England landscape and the changes it goes through every few months. The vast forests and... Read More
Coming from a strong willed, large, loud, loving Spanish/Italian family, I have been fortunate to have such a great support system. Growing up around friends and family friends who have not been as lucky as others, I have only grown to appreciate everything I have and really be thankful for the life I've been given. In recent years cancer has inflicted my family greatly and only made my connection... Read More
“Follow No Path” explores the connection I have made in my travels, whether it’s friendships, a connection to the beauty of nature or love. It also explores the entanglement of reality, which complicates our dreams.
In the spring of 2010 Keene State College gave me an opportunity to go abroad for a semester, which I took full advantage of. I spent the semester in Australia living in a community... Read More
“...you're not how much money you've got in the bank. You're not your job. You're not your family, and you're not who you tell yourself.... You're not your name.... You're not your problems.... You're not your age.... You are not your hopes…”.
~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club.
Message R27:489-a.2 (The What What)
Over the past year I have been making terracotta objects both hand-built and from plaster molds in an... Read More