Jen Dwyer is a ceramicist artist who makes socially engaged ceramic sculptures and functional art objects. This year, she launched her debut solo exhibition ‘Not for You, Bunny‘ at Lucas Lucas in NYC.
‘Not For You, Bunny’ is based around Jen’s MFA thesis “An analysis of porcelain objects of cultural memory in Contemporary European Art”, which she’s been working on via grad school at the University of Notre Dame. Through a decadent assortment of candelabras, mirrors, and vases from her “War Paint” and “Blind Spot” signature series, the artist muses on the complexities of agency, power dynamics, objectification, and gender politics. Aesthetic wise: Think Marie Antoinette with a whimsical dash of Stevie Nicks and Lewis Carroll.

In the post-election aftermath, my practice shifted in response to contemporary gender politics. I aim to question and subvert hierarchies through both humor and vulnerability. I use fanciful, intricate porcelain mirror frames, candelabras and miscellaneous vessels that merge iconology from antiquity, rococo, pop, surrealism and the uncanny, infused with contemporary feminist themes. As a culture, our associations with power are limited, I hope to broaden them by gathering imagery across cultural lines and histories that examine the subjugation of the female form. My decorative quasi-functional sculptures offer a remixed interpretation of utopia.

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