Jennifer Whitten is a New Orleans born, Cleveland, Ohio based visual artist. Her work focuses on the intricate. She creates sculptural objects, functional jewelry, and pieces for the wall. Her work has appeared in regional and national juried shows and has received awards.
This work submitted for Create magazine focuses on sculptures I have created using a process I call beadwork assemblage. I combine found objects with labor-intensive beadwork techniques in order to comment on ideas about time, cognitive process, and utility. I am interested in the body’s response to hand tools and hand skills, as well as the place of both of these in our present culture. These works allude to a psychological, rather than a practical, utility and as such, reflect my dual career as an artist and a clinical counselor. My object making is a medial practice, informed by themes of impulse, grasp, repetition, and ritual.