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Jen McCleary

Mixed Media


 Artist County

The roots of my art lie in the process of collecting images, ephemera, and found objects, which I layer, alter, or arrange to create something new. I work both digitally (photo-collage and graphic design) and in more traditional forms (mixed-media collage/painting and jewelry made from found and vintage objects). No matter the medium, I prefer to work intuitively, letting each piece evolve over time and in unexpected directions. My work is more a form of meditation or playful exploration than a deliberate attempt at communicating a specific concept, although I do believe that images and objects can act as carriers of meaning and emotional resonance. My work is inspired by science, symbolism, wonder, hidden connections between things, the passage of time, imagined landscapes, ways of understanding the world, and dualities including the manmade vs. the natural worlds, light vs. dark (metaphorically and literally), and complexity vs. simplicity.