I use the medium of painting to investigate the structure of perception and how we understand the world. By isolating the strange imagery of reflections present in daily life from the surrounding environmental cues of the street, the painting’s source becomes ambiguous and the image more difficult to recognize. Usually, our minds automatically ‘fill in the blanks’ to conform incoming information to our worldview. However, when seen out of context, this immediate recognition is slowed down. The warped and shifting reflections that are usually overlooked while navigating the urban environment become objects in their own right to be contemplated. This current work provides another view point of the buildings that make up our urban landscape. By definition the paintings are representational, but delve into the abstraction of everyday life. I am interested in things that cast doubt on what ordinarily passes for reality and opening the possibility to alternative patterns of thinking. The medium of paintings is a fitting tool as it echoes the structure of perceptions – it is a construct but has the ability to produce the effects of reality.
Jen Weber attended the University of Guelph and graduated in 2011 with a BA honours in Studio Art, specializing in Painting. Over the course of 2010 to 2011, Weber participated in numerous shows in the Zavitz Gallery at the University. In 2011 she won the Painting Faculty Award, as well as an overall Honourable Mention, in the School of Fine Art and Music’s 43rd annual Juried Art Show. She has also participated in Emergency – An Emerging Artist Show and Mentoring Program and won 3rd place in the Shirley Dilworth Jaychuck Painting Competition at the Elora Centre for the Arts. Most recently, Weber has had a solo exhibition of her work displayed as through the Woolwich Local Art Program, as part of the BOX12 Juried Art Show in Cambridge, Ontario and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
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