The collection of objects, Orifice, creates small portals the viewer can peer through. They may appear as remnants, discarded objects that have served their purpose as an outer shell encasing an inner component. Possibly something grew from within them, which has now moved on to another moment in the cycle. What remains is a hollow form that alludes to growth and change.
Jennifer Vess received her B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2017 and her M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Iowa in 2020. Her work shifts across disciplines and has been included in both regional and national juried exhibitions. She is passionate about the arts in education for all ages and abilities. Jennifer’s experience includes teaching art at the collegiate level and at the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, as well as holding the position of Art Director at Zoo Atlanta Summer Safari Camp. She was selected for the Chulitna Artist in Residence Program in Alaska for the summer of 2017. She has been invited as a guest juror for an art fair and has presented work at universities and national conferences. In 2019, Jennifer received the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship, and in 2020 she received the OVPR Research Grant. She lives and works in Eastern Iowa.