In con­ver­sa­ti­on with cer­a­mic artist Jen Dwyer

Jen Dwyer is an artist from the great New York City in America and is known for her ceramic sculptures, socially engaging drawings and functional art objects. She sees her art as being Rococo-styled, executed through the wide range of pastel colors that she loves to use. She particularly enjoys challenging gender stereotypes through her artwork.

What stran­ge times we’­re cur­r­ent­ly living in with the social distancing rules in place and ever­y­bo­dy being stuck at home away from their friends and fami­ly. Becau­se right now you should find the balan­ce, sur­round yourself with posi­ti­vi­ty and perhaps dis­co­ver new hob­bies for yourself. Abo­ve all, it was important for us to crea­te the pos­si­bi­li­ty to give the neu­bau com­mu­ni­ty a plat­form to come tog­e­ther when ever­y­day life seems too stress­ful. In a small art seri­es, three enchan­ting and upri­sing artists have taken the time to incor­po­ra­te our new Côte du Soleil Collec­tion into their work and crea­ted extra­or­di­na­ry pie­ces of art. The second artist we want you to get to know is Jen Dwy­er.
In order to allow you guys to get to know Jen a bit more, we asked her a few of some of your top questions! 

Jen Dwy­er is an artist from the gre­at New York City in Ame­ri­ca and is known for her cer­a­mic sculp­tures, social­ly enga­ging drawings and func­tio­n­al art objects. She sees her art as being Rococo-sty­led, exe­cu­t­ed through the wide ran­ge of pas­tel colors that she loves to use. She par­ti­cu­lar­ly enjoys chal­len­ging gen­der ste­reo­ty­pes through her artwork. 

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What are your tips on get­ting dis­trac­ted during this stran­ge­ly spe­cial time? What have you been doing while social distancing?

I think I can speak for a lot of peop­le when I say that I have been bin­ging on Net­flix way more than I would usual­ly do during this time! I’ve also been spea­king to friends and loved ones on the pho­ne every day, to try and main­tain con­ta­ct with the rest of the world. I’ve been medi­ta­ting and working out from home, and I escape into the out­doors by doing some run­ning.
In terms of art, I’ve been pain­ting pla­ces that I want to go and visit when all of this is over. Doing so has given me a source of inspi­ra­ti­on, allowing my mind to dream bey­ond the cur­rent situa­ti­on that we’­re in and have some­thing to look for­ward to when things return back to normal. 

What is your big­gest inspi­ra­ti­on and has it chan­ged sin­ce when you first star­ted your art career?

For a litt­le over a year now I’ve been con­ti­nuous­ly working on my Rococo, qua­si func­tio­n­al sculp­tures which have been influ­en­ced and inspi­red by the cur­rent pop cul­tu­re as well as having greek mytho­lo­gy refe­ren­ces. I’m real­ly inte­res­ted in being able to crea­te a play­ful, fan­tasti­cal Uto­pia-like world. Some­thing like Ali­ce in Won­der­land, but with a sub­t­le yet threa­tening twist. 

I want peop­le who view them to feel a warm sen­se of ease as they walk up to them, through objects of pro­tec­tion that are infu­sed wit­hin my sculptures. 

In Greek mytho­lo­gy we see a lot of bla­ming and shaming of women, and so Rococo is the ulti­ma­te art form is esca­pism. It’s an abso­lu­te faux uto­pia! I often think about what it would be like to live in a world whe­re men and women are equal when enga­ging in my art­work.
This has been a regu­lar inspi­ra­ti­on throughout, and my rese­arch has always stem­med from self repre­sen­ta­ti­on and agen­cy. I don’t want women to be seen as props or orna­ments, but ins­tead as acti­ve par­ti­ci­pants in their world with their own com­pli­ca­ted narrative. 

What is art for you and what would you recom­mend for someo­ne who is new to art?

Honest­ly, art is ever­ything for me.
What tips would you give to an art new­bie to get star­ted, and how would you recom­mend pro­mo­ting art? Which chan­nels do you use?
In my opi­ni­on, Insta­gram is defi­ni­te­ly the best social media plat­form for artists. Insta­gram focu­ses on the visu­al aspect of art, whe­re litt­le nar­ra­ti­ve needs to be given. 

My recom­men­da­ti­ons to a new­bie would be to find other artists in your area, and do a stu­dio visit to see how they star­ted and what worked well for them. It’s gre­at to be able to work with, and learn from, other artists.

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Do you have tips on how to inte­gra­te sus­tainab­le pie­ces into your work?

One of the rea­sons I abso­lute­ly love to work with clay is becau­se it is pret­ty sus­tainab­le. Howe­ver I’m always thin­king about other ways that I can be mind­ful in my prac­ti­ce, espe­cial­ly as the­re is a gre­at throw away cul­tu­re wit­hin art and a lot of was­te comes from this.

If you had to choo­se 3 colors to paint with for the rest of your life, which would you choo­se and why?

Blue, pink and white. Sub­t­le, deli­ca­te but powerful.

Which comments do you hear the most, when you tell peop­le that you are an artist?

I actual­ly don’t tend to spend a lot of time with peop­le out­side of the New York art world so this is a tri­cky question!However the last par­ty I went to, a girl said you’­re an artist, wow, what does that mean?” I thought it was a gre­at ques­ti­on and very ende­a­ring and even to this day I’m unsu­re on how I was meant to ans­wer or what she even meant by it!

Would you rather have din­ner with Bob Ross or Pablo Picasso?

Without a second thought, I’d choo­se Pablo Picas­so hands down.

You can find Jen on Insta­gram: @jen_dwyer_

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