Undergrowth

About Jennifer Trask

Fascinated by “cabinets of curiosities” like Wunderkammer and the Victorian Curios, Jennifer Trask creates opulent, delicate objects inspired by nature from found materials such as feathers, shells, wood, bone, and antlers. In the tradition of the Dutch Vanitas, her pieces remind us of the ephemeral nature of earthly pleasures and the transience of life. They range from wearable jewelry—such as the Queen Anne’s Lace brooch made from python and rattlesnake ribs and sewing needles, or Apophysis: Acantha a brooch and earrings embedded in an encaustic painting with silver and moonstones, ivory, palladium, and gold and contained in a found frame—to large wall installations such as Intrinsecus (2010), made from a found 19th-century gilded Italian frame, teeth, antlers, bone, and silver and gold leaf. “Stylistically,” she explains, “my work is influenced by the instrumentation and aesthetics of early sciences as well as the actual methodologies of collection and display.”

American, b. 1970, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, based in Hudson Valley, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
Jennifer Trask: Unnatural Selection, Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix
2014
Re: Collection, Museum of Arts and Design