Nearing by Jen Clay
Nearing by Jen Clay
Nearing was screenprinted by hand during April 2017. The pop ups and fold outs were cut using a Cricut home plotter. The spiral binding allows the book to stand up like a miniature stage allowing the reader to interact with the piece as a performative object as well as a book. The book consists of 18 pages with pop ups, cut outs, and fold outs. Nearing was printed in an edition of 100 books all signed and numbered by the artist.
"I wanted to create an intimate experience for the book reader similar to the experience of seeing one of my videos or performances. This scenario is based off of actual unexplained events called Mothman sightings in Ripley West Virginia during 1966-1967, and North Carolina’s Brown Mountain Lights on going phenomenon. Like most my work, the viewer is meant to have a personal encounter with the unknown, usually manifesting as a seemingly friendly creature. Bright colors and bulbous shapes create an atmosphere of child-like dreaminess which is interrupted by implications of something more sinister. Nearing depicts an unknown-being’s growth while it expresses it’s obsession with the reader. The unknown creature’s excitement escalates as the meteor comes nearer and either fills its body or the atmosphere of the womb-like interior of the meteor."
Jen Clay is a multi-media artist living and working in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Using a variety of media including video, installation,and performance, Jen Clay constructs narratives that investigate fear and anxiety through recreations of common horror entertainment tropes. Her work is inspired by the playful aesthetic of educational children’s TV shows which can be seen in her use of stop motion animation, overly embellished costumes and puppets that speak directly to the audience. Jen Clay received Best Emerging Artist 2016 award by Broward New Times, Knight Arts Challenge Award for Interactive Initiatives, a non-profit founded by her and her husband Samuel Lopez de Victoria and was recently award the Cultural Investment Award by Broward Cultural Division.