Jennifer Packer

American, b. 1984

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Jennifer Packer

American, b. 1984

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Critiquing the art historical “gaze,” Packer’s portraits address the privilege of viewership and the ways the body has been represented and looked at throughout history. In her paintings, the existence of either person or object relies wholly on its surroundings—a figure reclining in a chair, or a vase sitting on a table, becomes inextricable from its support. Grounded in personal grapplings with sorrow, bitterness, and affection, Packer’s paintings employ contradictions as a means of raising questions and revealing otherwise overlooked complexities. Favoring friends and family as subjects, Packer imbues her paintings with intimacy and affection, creating a distinct sense of atmosphere through scenes in which foreground and background both defy and merge with each other.

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Biography

Critiquing the art historical “gaze,” Packer’s portraits address the privilege of viewership and the ways the body has been represented and looked at throughout history. In her paintings, the existence of either person or object relies wholly on its surroundings—a figure reclining in a chair, or a vase sitting on a table, becomes inextricable from its support. Grounded in personal grapplings with sorrow, bitterness, and affection, Packer’s paintings employ contradictions as a means of raising questions and revealing otherwise overlooked complexities. Favoring friends and family as subjects, Packer imbues her paintings with intimacy and affection, creating a distinct sense of atmosphere through scenes in which foreground and background both defy and merge with each other.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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