Jenny Kemp received her Bachelors degree in studio art from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her MFA in Painting from the University at Albany. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, most recently at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY, a two-person show at Middle Tennessee State University and an invitational exhibition at The Painting Center in NYC. She has been featured in publications such as 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson, The Huffington Post, Seattle’s City Arts, LUXE, NY Times, Fabrik, and Apogee magazines. She is the 2015 recipient of The Arts Center of the Capital Region’s Emerging Artist Award. She is also currently a Visiting Professor of Studio Art at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and sits on the board of Collar Works, a not-for-profit, artist run exhibition space in the Capital Region of New York.
My interest in abstraction lies in its ability to satisfy my desire to create images that serve to represent unseen phenomenon. Perhaps it is not surprising that results end up dense, intricate and often abstruse. Biologically-inspired imagery, stemming from contemplations on our relationship to organic matter is built through lines and planes of subtly shifting hue intensities and gradations, generating form through a slow additive process of layering line work by hand that parallels growth and changeability in the natural world. These investigations are furthered by capturing macro shots of my paintings and manipulating them into small stop-motion videos. These videos feed the paintings in terms of inventiveness and allow me to create conversations that address tensions between flatness/depth, movement/stillness, and handmade/digital.