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Jennifer Odem

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

My sculptural works often resemble geologic formations such as rock strata, earth
mounds and salt domes, combining materials found in our natural as well as our domestic environments—earth, textiles, clothing, furniture—to reflect on the relationship between human interiority and earth’s hidden depths.
While each of these sculptures suggest mineral deposits buried deep within the earth, they also reference a much more human element. From the zipper running across Salt Mound, to the pressure valve set atop Earth Mound, to the faceted crystals embedded in Blue Bell, they evoke geologic phenomena as well as forms of personal adornment.
Presenting the earth as an entity akin to ourselves in its capacity for feeling and psychological depth, these works reveal an intimate connection between self and environment that asks us to reconsider how we interact with the natural world.

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