Featured Artist of the Month

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.   

Push Button Analog Phone with Barnacles. 6x6x8, ceramic, 2020.
The first piece in the Obsolescence series. When I was 13 I had my own phone line, not so much as a special privilege but so that other family members could receive calls. I remember the button phone as being so much easier to use than the old dial phones. I had one with a long cord so I could walk around my room.
Joy Stick with Coral. 4x4x4. Ceramic. 2020.
Obsolescence series. In the 70s my Aunt gave us one of the first Ataris for Christmas. I can still remember the beeps and bloops of Pong, my introduction to digital sound.
Transistor Radio & Slime Mold, 6x4x3, 2020.
Obsolescence series. I think these pocket sized transistor radio might be the first personal electronic. We have such an intimate relationship with these objects that are ours alone.