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Jennifer Day
"Small Business"

 

Mixing medieval technology with  contemporary concepts of sustainable energy, Jennifer Day crafts miniature worlds scaled at 1/8 inch to a foot. Taking cues from today’s exigencies to restore, recycle and repurpose, the artist builds all manner of gears, vehicles and machinery from backyard sticks, toothpicks and scraps from her own frame-making. These  worlds encapsulate the work of the inventor , turning it into an impossible possibility.

 

Artist Statement

Making do, repurposing, and finding ways to a do a lot with a little: such are the typical Yankee values that have imprinted my life. From this, stems “Small Business."

Though I am primarily a painter, and this is my first mature attempt at 3-dimensional work,  I thought I’d take a stab at something I always wanted to do. Materials have always told me what they wanted to be: this fabric makes a dress, this pile of discarded lumber makes a treehouse, these toothpicks make small houses.  Who hasn’t made a castle with wet sand or a hideout in the woods? Who doesn’t thrill at discovering or recreating small worlds?

Maturity has a wonderful way of harnessing that spirit and bringing it into the realm of what Keats called “negative capability, that is when a man is capable of being in uncertainties and doubts without any irritable reaching after fact or reason.”

Why does the constructed world look so unfinished? Can we ever understand how something is really made? Is the world being constructed or taken apart? Are we really more inventive as a civilizations today than yesterday?

As anthropological artifacts or art, these sculptures pretend to question the above as they search for solutions, never really solving anything, but solutions are not the point after all. These works—of playful yet honest effort—reflect a self-reliant way of life as much as they do improvised, pre-tech economies, real or imagined. When Shakespeare said in Hamlet, “The play’s the thing," he was referring to the play within the play: what may look like fun is hidden in the layers of the construct. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 


           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   


 

 

 

 
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