Making A Way | Solace
Artists: Fern T. Apfel, Laurén Brady, Daniel Kukla, Laurel Lueders, Richard Nickel, Jennifer Printz, Leviticus Shand, William Tourtillotte
My work focuses on the beauty of liminal realities and the ephemeral balances of life. Influenced by contemplative practices and contemporary physics, I combine disparate parts and different processes to reflect on what it means to be alive. I focus on images of the sky as a universal denominator for life here on earth. Wherever we go, it is always overhead. Clouds emerge from or merge into abstracted structures and architectural forms. Space feels concrete, but is also twisted and uncertain. Poetically on paper, I present the universal waltz between impermanence and form.
Photography and hand drawing suggest uniquely different passages of time; the former a quicker documentary way of seeing and the later a prolonged investigation into understanding. Initially using my camera, I mechanically capture the sky and then slowly, with a gradual deposit of graphite onto the paper, leave traces of my visceral energies into each work. I relish using the mundane pencil to create a generous, hopeful moment. Graphite, like the majority of life on this planet is carbon based, making it a perfect tool to reference the similarity and interconnectedness between everything on earth, on the molecular level and beyond.
Jennifer Printz completed her Masters of Fine Art in 2001 from The University of Georgia where she studied in Cortona, Italy, as a part of her degree. Her artwork has been exhibited widely across the US and abroad including recent exhibitions at the Spartanburg Museum of Art, Chroma Gallery, and International Biennale of Prints in Portugal. She has participated in regular residencies in the US, and at international locations including the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta, and La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. Printz’ work has been included in publications as diverse as Tricycle and the Carolina Review and is also included in a large number of institutional and private collections. In 2019, her studio practice was included for in-depth articles in Peripheral ARTeries and In Her Studio Magazine. She is also an active arts leader most recently serving on the Board of Directors for SECAC 2017-2019. In 2014 she was awarded an NCAA Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship. Printz is also an educator who has honed her skills in a variety of classroom situations from museums to universities since 2002. She has taught a wide range of two-dimensional media at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as, public art and professional practices. Currently, Jennifer teaches at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.