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As an Adoptee, my focus has been creating art influenced by cultural taboo topics laying just under surface: grief, loneliness, trauma; the objectification of adopted children and society’s paradoxical standards. My art implies displacement and the solitary landscapes adoptees live in; the disbelief and profound anxiety that the adoptee is left with, separated from their landscape of origin. I seek to explore the misplaced objects and conversations that exist subsurface; to create materials that suggest functionality but are slightly deformed, like the adoptee as a pitcher that cannot quite be poured from.
Jenny Jansen (b. Tacoma, WA 1975), grateful to have grown up in and continuously passionate for Chautauqua Institution. She has resided in the Pacific Northwest for the last 20 years with her family, working in paint and clay.