November 2nd, 2004, thru November 26th, 2004
The things we remember, the things we kind of remember and the things that we would like to be able to forget but can’t.
In Jennifer Stady’s mind the visual world is a curious thing. On the one hand there is the natural world; real and tangible. On
the other, a world manufactured by ourselves, at times nothing more than a simple duplication of the real world.
“So much of what we appreciate in nature, we appreciate also in its imitation.”
Imitation has been a common theme in her art for the past twenty years and is one of the primary ideas behind this body of
work, Jennifer weaves together the plethora of reproduction techniques ubiquitous in our culture though our consumption of
information, experience and objects. Her work examines our visual selection process which is under constant bombardment
by outside influences.
“Our minds are a cluster of references, memories, and attempts to organize the things we remember, the things
we kind of remember and the things that we would like to be able to forget but can’t.”
Her work explores the questions; what we see? what we choose to see? How much are we influenced by the quality and type
of reproduction of the world around us in the creation of our visual memory?
Digital technology has allowed Jennifer to blend a myriad methods and mediums that are part of her artistic repertoire. This
recent work combines images and items from a variety of sources (collected throughout her life); paper dolls from the 70’s,
common folk inspired reproductions of reality that surround us daily, nature and interpretations of nature. The techniques used
attempt to combine natural elements with the very far removed reproductions of those elements.
Jennifer Stady is an artist that lives and works in Portland Oregon.
She is a co-owner of Laundry Design, a local design, lllustration and textile design studio.