Jennifer Mannebach

Uncomfortable (2019)
paper, paint, Mylar
10 x 9 in.

Her Jaw Aches from Wanting (2020)
paper, mylar, acrylic, fabric, paint, wood
40 x 45 in.

Both of these works speak to aspects of touch and connection, questioning the nature of boundaries and relationships between materials. Her Jaw Aches From Wanting was finished recently and was overtly influenced by the conditions of the pandemic in its sense of rupture and disorientation. Materials find a home with each other, but always with a looming tectonic shift.

My work focuses on the borders and edges of where things collect, and the relationships between what happens on either side of these demarcations. I’ve been fascinated by the advent of genetic engineering technologies like CRISPR Cas9 as a cogent parallel to the longstanding themes in my work that examines fragments and boundaries conceptually and physically. My work often conflates the architecture of the interior body and the broader views of world maps and constructed barriers, incorporating the vibrant hues and intense chroma of the colored gels used in microscopic visualization.

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