November 10, 2011
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
Jennifer Trask attended Massachusetts College of Art completing her B.F.A. in Metalsmithing in 1993 and later graduated the State University of NY at
New Paltz with an M.F.A. in 1997. She remains in the Hudson Valley area where she is a full time studio artist.
In 2011 she was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Sculpture/Crafts. Trask was awarded the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2008. Her work has been cited in many books and periodicals including The New Yorker, W Magazine, Contemporary Crafts, the Lark Books series, American Craft and The Sunday Boston Globe Arts section, among others.
Her 2008 series, entitled Unnatural Histories: Flourish, consists of objects that incorporate removable jewelry on encaustic framed panels. In a recent article, Adornment Magazine editor Elyse Korn write, "One cannot help but have a sense of wonder when viewing Jennifer Trask's jewelry. It is exquisite in its subject matter, choice of materials, and execution. It is art imitating life and making it even more beautiful than the original – more fragile and heart-rending."
Most recently Trask created a wall installation for an invitational exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in NY. 'Intrinsecus' employs found materials like bone, wood, and antlers referring to the Dutch tradition of Vanitas and at the same time addressing the traditional practice of isolating examples/ideals of beauty stylization of nature, "in effect a death of the real, the imperfect, the individual."