STATEMENT I am peripatetic. I have always been on the move. I need fields and skies of space, to think, to consider, to ponder options. I strive to move beyond what is simply expected (of me). To reflect my manner and acknowledge my current locale, I have been making site-specific minimalist installations in and around New Bedford, Massachusetts. The objects made of clay, paper, ink, metal, and fibre are abstract references to the grid - symmetrical and structured. Captivated by this universal construct of containment, boundaries, repetition and continuity, I create compositions utilizing primary elements in multiples. I find beauty in perfection and the extraordinary in imperfection; by placing the work outside, I am forcing it to rot, decay, melt, transform. Like myself, it is not to be confined within four walls.
BIOGRAPHY Jennifer Halli works with ceramics and printmaking, creating structures that explore place and material while excavating themes of travel and loss. After completing a BA in Art Education and teaching in North Carolina, she taught herself metalsmithing to support her wanderlust. This led to a new home in New Zealand. Jennifer studied ceramics with Robert Barron in Kardella, Australia and Peter Callas in Belvidere, NJ. Previously she worked for The Center for Craft in Asheville, NC and recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts|Dartmouth as a Distinguished Art Fellow. Her experience and work have led to international exhibitions and wood firings in the USA, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.
Jennifer currently lives and works in New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand.