Jennifer Davis (b.1975) has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN); The DeVos Art Museum (Marquette, MI); Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN); Foster Museum (Eau Claire, WI); Bloomington Art Center (Bloomington, MN); and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (Boone, NC), as well as several galleries in major cities across the United States. Davis is a recipient of the 2013 Next Step Fund Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation. She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota.
My usual mode of working is very spontaneous and intuitive. The narrative quality of each of my paintings becomes apparent during the process of drawing, painting, and via various additive and subtractive processes including layering, sanding and scraping. My small-scale “portraits” (of people, animals, trees and objects), have a surreal candy-land exterior full of pastel-colored innocence, which only hint at an undercurrent of darkness and mystery. In addition to “elevating the mundane”, I aim to imbue everyday objects/subjects with an added sense of humor, emotion, narrative and strange familiarity. I enjoying experimenting with color/composition, storytelling, as well as shifts in scale and perspective.