Jen DeNike

American, b. 1971

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Jen DeNike

American, b. 1971

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The great-granddaughter of a Finnish seer, Jen DeNike creates work steeped in ceremony. Her diverse output, which includes photography, video, performance, and sculpture, features both artifacts and depictions of the rituals she performs. For her exhibition “Star Card” (2012-13), she created an immersive environment informed by the 17th Major Arcana tarot card, known as the star card; believed to represent a cycle of endless renewal, it features a woman pouring water into a pond and onto land. The exhibition included white canvases inscribed with circular marks, which DeNike described as being created while in a trance, and photographs of a nude woman performing the actions illustrated on the card of the show's title. In the photograph Circle of Stars (2012), the woman is face down in the water, her physical immersion a metaphor for the artist's entrance into an altered state.

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Biography

The great-granddaughter of a Finnish seer, Jen DeNike creates work steeped in ceremony. Her diverse output, which includes photography, video, performance, and sculpture, features both artifacts and depictions of the rituals she performs. For her exhibition “Star Card” (2012-13), she created an immersive environment informed by the 17th Major Arcana tarot card, known as the star card; believed to represent a cycle of endless renewal, it features a woman pouring water into a pond and onto land. The exhibition included white canvases inscribed with circular marks, which DeNike described as being created while in a trance, and photographs of a nude woman performing the actions illustrated on the card of the show's title. In the photograph Circle of Stars (2012), the woman is face down in the water, her physical immersion a metaphor for the artist's entrance into an altered state.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York