BIOGRAPHY Jennifer was raised in the wilds of South Carolina and found her way to Ngāmotu New Plymouth by way of Kāwhia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Montana, Melbourne, Kardella, Wellington, Feilding, Tennessee, South Carolina, Colorado and Pennsylvania.
Along the way, she earned a BA in Art Education, worked as a primary school art teacher, taught herself metalsmithing to support her wanderlust, apprenticed to a master potter in Australia, worked with world-renowned artists from the USA and the UK and earned a MFA in Artisanry at the University of Massachusetts|Dartmouth in 2019.
Merging ceramics and printmaking, Jennifer creates collagraph plates and wood blocks to create “darkly joyous” short-run series and monotypes using ink made with ash, sand, graphite and clay. She also makes large-scale installations from materials such as: clay, paper, sugar, wire, ink, wax and fibre that consider religion, loss and memory and focus on a connection to material and time. As a traveller, place is significant and reflected in the materials used her process, such as ink she currently makes with iron sand and clay she gathers from Kāwhia and Ngāmotu.
Her experience and work have led to international exhibitions and art residencies in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Aotearoa New Zealand, Taiwan and the USA.
In 2022, Jennifer opened MIGHT COULD, an experimental art project space in central Ngāmotu New Plymouth which is visible 24/7 and open by appointment.
Jennifer currently lives and works in Ngāmotu New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand.