Jenn Houle

Using the language of paint and installation I fold beauty and darkness into visually complex and contemplative spaces where things may not be quite as they seem. In my most recent installation, “You and Me”, I turn inwards to explore my personal ties to the natural world, how it has impacted and defined me, and why I am drawn to certain subjects. In this installation I use a variety of media to tease out these connections - paintings, drawings from recent residencies in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, painted flesh and leaf sculptures, cut metal, and found objects.

Over the past few years, I have approached the language of paint by asking: what can painting do that only painting can do? Paint sometimes becomes object, or spatially collapses on the two-dimensional surface with fields of mark-making that move and breathe through their application and color relationships. The spectrum between natural and man-made is explored throughout my work. I offer a playful, earnest and personal reflection of our interconnectedness as homo sapiens to fellow furry, green and living beings on this fragile blue planet.