Amy Jenkins, Video Installation Artist, Peterborough, NH
Jenkins earned her Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Related Media through the School of Visual Arts in New York and her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Italian Cinema through Colorado College and at Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. She received the New York State Council on the Arts’ Media Production Award, a CalArts Alpert Award Nomination in Film and Video, the Director’s Choice Award from Black Maria Film and Video Festival, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Artist Fellowship and an Aaron Siskind Fellowship.
She has been in residence at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi, and Harvestworks. Jenkins’ work has been exhibited at the Brattleboro Museum, Kustera Tilton Gallery in New York City, Julia Friedman Gallery in Chicago, Inverness Museum in Scotland, and Galeria Las Malvinas in Buenos Aires. Her work is part of many permanent collections including the Ansel Adams Family Collection, the Herbert Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, McKinsey Corporation and Velan per l’Arte Contemporanea in Torino, Italy.
Amy Jenkins is moved into her new studio in downtown Peterborough in the Union Mill along the Nubanusit River. She lives not far from her studio on the MacDowell Colony grounds with her husband John Sieswerda, and 3 ½ year old daughter, Audrey. Her next project is a mulit-channel video project entitled “We, Precarious” and hopes to use some of the Fellowship Award funds to complete it in 2007.
In describing her work Jenkins states “My installations combine the diverse media of video, sculpture, writing, audio, and performance to create spatiotemporal depths one can enter and experience. Transcending the static definitions of space and object, the projected video creates a poetic room that emulates thought and memory. Conceptually, much of my artwork begins with the seed of something from my own life. This process includes the examination of personal issues that are common within the act of living yet are not often discussed within the public sphere. It is a delicate process of allowing my own experience to become a stand-in for shared experience.”
“At this moment, I am intensely focused upon my artwork: however, as is common, time and monetary constraints limit my activity in the studio. Also, the production of media work containing technological aspects is inherently costly. A State Arts Council Fellowship would give me the financial resources to focus solely on my artwork for several months, as well as offset some of the equipment costs for my current project.”
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July 26, 2006