I am inspired by the everyday objects, patterns, games, and linguistic commonplaces of popular customs. I use, re-arrange, and re-present ordinary materials and signs in order to explore notions of individual identity, objectivity/subjectivity, history/fable, and the inherent value implied by a gesture or act of intervention. Many of my artworks can be read as waves, signals of hello or goodbye, in which the meaning of the work exists in the participants' ability to infer meaning based on their knowledge of everyday media, beliefs, and situational context.
To date, most of my creative projects have drawn on the use of repeat patterning and aural/visual sampling as a means to create graphic images, while studying human behavior and modes of reasoning. I often work with print media, design, and sound to create sculptural installations, animated video, and performative gestures that employ “repetition” as an ideological concept.
Consequently, I am also interested in ideas of abstraction— as it relates to form and the distillation of meaning within a system, mode or sample. I consistently work with a vocabulary of graphic icons and motifs to explore the technological translation of symbols and information within contemporary culture.
I wish to immerse myself in the research and application of vocabularies of motifs, encoded information, and operatic functions in an attempt to make non-linear and abstract associations involving the "perceptual event" of experiencing signs and signifiers—as static and moving images. Conscious and subconscious methods of interpretation come into existence within my two-dimensional and time-based work, asking the viewer to mimetically identify with the subject, while considering the source, method, and sequencing of their display.
Artist Bio / CV
Jennifer Schmidt (b. 1975) is a multi-media artist living in Brooklyn, NY, who works with print media, graphic design, and sound to create site-specific installations, video, and performances that question the role of visual iconography and repetitive actions within a given environment.
She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Delaware in 1997; and is Regular Full-time Faculty within the Print Area and Graduate Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, NY, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, Sonic Fragments, Princeton University, NJ, International Print Center New York, NY, Volume Gallery, New York, NY, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, International Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, Video Pool, Canada, and the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA. Recent artist residencies include: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency on Governor's Island, NY; Gowanus Studio Space Printmaking Residency, NY; Nida Art Colony, Lithuania; Homestead AK, Alaska; Brooklyn Community Access Television/Rotunda Gallery, NY; The Banff Centre, Canada; Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, NC; The Experimental Television Center, NY; Frans Masereel Centre, Belgium; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, DE; and Vermont Studio Center, VT. Jennifer Schmidt is a 2007 fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists' Books from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a 2008 grant recipient from the Puffin Foundation.