Nov/Dec 2020: Jennifer Langhammer
Jennifer Langhammer (Vineyard Haven) is a ceramic sculptor whose work is informed by the growth and evolution of organic material. Jennifer seeks to abstract the patterns of nature by removing them from their original contexts. Many of her works explore how the same pattern can be found in flora and fauna, the mineral and the ephemeral. Using paper clay (an amalgam of dried clay, water, and paper) like a glue allows her to create textures of many repeating miniature elements. Her pieces are either entirely hand-built or slip-cast in her self-made molds and then altered. She lives and works on Martha’s Vineyard with her family and shows her work nationally.
Obsolescence series: life sized ceramic pieces of obsolete technologie, mostly from the 80s when I was a teenager, being covered or consumed by a natural element that typically grows on other surfaces such as barnacles, moss, lichen, and mold. This work is personal & narrative, it ties into my undergraduate degree in Industrial Design, my love of nature, and my own feelings about aging after turning 50. To others, this is a meditation on a post-covid world.