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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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