Shown inside her Fort Lauderdale studio, Jen Clay creates fiber-art sculptures and incorporates them into a variety of media, including video, installation and live performance. (Susan Stocker / SouthFlorida.com)

Shown inside her Fort Lauderdale studio, Jen Clay creates fiber-art sculptures and incorporates them into a variety of media, including video, installation and live performance. (Susan Stocker / SouthFlorida.com)

 

Jen Clay is a multimedia artist based in South Florida, She creates textiles and animations for performance and video works and installations. She received her Masters in Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Florida while also studying costume design and behavior analysis.

Clay researches encounters with the unknown which includes horror and science fiction movies and television shows, H.P. Lovecraft stories of cosmic madness, and actual accounts of hallucinations and supernatural sightings. This research informs her work from the performative sculptures and scene choices in video works to narrators speaking directly to the viewer. Clay’s practice includes claymation and stop motion animation and sewing wearable works to best depict otherness, the Other, the uncanny and the inhuman. A sense of childhood friendliness is seen in all of her work such as claymation with bright colors or the softness of sewn wearable works. This friendliness is meant to create an atmosphere of safety that is subverted through fast transitions to visceral hidden insides of the characters, the narrator’s use of double entendre, and during performance when the character gets dangerously obsessed with the audience.

Previously she was included in the Off Site Performance Series program of the Girls’ Club Collection to create a site specific performance. She has shown at the SuperFine Fair during Miami Basel with a micro theatre immersive installation that debuted Episode a 20 min short video work. Clay was voted “ Best Emerging Artist” for 2016 by the New Times of Broward and Palm Beach. In 2015 her short film, Schools ,was accepted into Visionaria in Milan, Italy. In 2018 Clay had a Solo exhibit at Practice gallery in Philadelphia and a installation and interactive room at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. 

 

PRESS

2019

Jen Clay's Annihilation-Inspired Exhibit at Young at Art Isn't Just for Kids”, Miami New Times, May 2019, by Ciara LaVelle

2018

"Child’s Play: Artist-Parents Blend Work and Home in “Dual Roles”, Boca Magazine, June 2018, by John Thomason

"Beautiful Unsettling Things, Episode 12", Interview by Kristen Soller, Kidnapped For Dinner, Jolt Radio Broadcast, Jan. 2018

2017

"Best Artist in South Florida", South Florida.com , Dec. 2017

Create! Magazine, curated by Sarah Potter, December issue

“Welcome to Jen Clay's nightmares”, Sun Sentinel, Oct.2017, by Phillip Valys

“Artist Jen Clay on Nearing, Sesame Street, and Ghosts in the Woods”, Miami New Times, by

Maria De Los Angeles

“Volume 20”, Rocking Chair Sessions Pod Cast, by Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista

“Conversation between Jennifer Clay and Olivia Ramos”, WorkUntitled Magazine, by Olivia Ramos

2016

"Best Emerging Artist, Best of Froward-Palm Beach” Broward- Palm Beach New Times

2015

"Fort Lauderdale Artists Present Surreal Video Works at Miami Art Week", Broward-Palm Beach New Times, by Andrea Richard

"ArtFallOut", Broward-Palm Beach New Times, by Terra Sullivan

 

FUTURE                            

2019

Young At Art Museum, Installation in Knight Gallery, Davie FL, October

 

EDUCATION

2014 MFA Sculpture University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2010 BFA  Sculpture University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC

 

EXHIBIT 

2019

Welcome To You&Me, Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL

2018

Crawling Out, Cubed: Luminous, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL

Your Best Friends, Dual Roles exhibit, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

We All Share, Practice Gallery, Solo exhibit, Philadelphia, PA

Steady Lack, The Front, New Orleans, LA

Episode, The Frank, Pembroke Pines, FL

2017

Nearing, OFF Site Performance Series, Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

How’s It Going?, Full Staff, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL

Hi Flag, Plush, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

UnderNeath, Young at Art Museum, Davie, FL

WaterBabies, Art Fort Lauderdale Fair, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Steady Lack, Rough Textures, Artists & Fleas, Brooklyn, NYC

2016

Episode, SuperFine Fair, Miami, FL

Stewardess, Pink Noise: Flexing The Frequency, Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Stand In Me, MoonCake Festival, Miami,FL

Perfectly Safe, Little River Night of Light, Squatter Mobile Gallery, Miami, FL

Untitled, FlipOut, Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Live Show, Per_Formance, Swine Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

Conjoined, Wrestling The Snake, FATVillage Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Steady Lack, Outside The Box, Whitespace The Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, FL

It’s All Really Real, The Nerve, FATVillage Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Let’s Be Friends, International Noise Conference: Miami, Miami, FL

2015

UnderNeath, Outdoor Projection Series, NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL

UnderNeath, Outdoor Projection Series, Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

SpaceShow, Miami Performance International Festival, MOCA, Miami, FL

Underwater Opera, Here and Now, Miami Light Box, Miami Fl, collaboration with Liz Ferrer, Kalan Sherrard and Poncili Creacion

Underwater Prologue, Miami Design District, Site-Specific Performance Series, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL 

2014

Live Show, Planet Hollywood of Newer Genres, Zones Art Fair, Miami, FL

Live Show, Haunted Mill, Wassaic Projects, Wassaic, NY

Live Show, Action Research #127, Display Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2012

Go, Invitational, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

2011

Here Uncanny, Solo Exhibit, Channel 9 News Station, Charlotte, NC

2010

Monsters, Fresh, Association of Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN

Visitors, Changing Places, invitational, Levine Museum of The New South, Charlotte, NC

 

RESIDENCY

2017

Existent Books, Nocturnal Press and IS Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2015

Digital Residency, North and Found, London, England

2014

The Wassaic Projects, Wassaic, NY

 

FILM FESTIVAL

2016

Allon Allou, RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE, Acre TV, Chicago, IL

2015

Schools, Visionary, Milan, Italy

2014

Mothers and Fathers, Art Grease public broadcasting, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY

Schools,Super 9 Mobile Film Festival, Experimental Film Section

Schools, Glasgow Independent Film Festival, Short Film Section

Schools, Brooklyn Underground Festival, Short Film Section

 

GRANTS/AWARDS

2016

Knight Foundation Grant, Outdoor Projection Series, Miami, FL 

Creative Investment Program (CIP) grant, Broward FL

2013

Visiting Artist Grant, New World School of Arts, Miami FL

Travel Grant, UFL, Gainesville FL

2010

Women’s Achievement Award, Charlotte Charter Women’s Fund, Charlotte NC

Kiwanis Academic Award, Kiwanis Club, Morganton NC

 

CURATORIAL PRACTICE

2017

The Nerve Performance Festival, FATVillage Projects, Fort Lauderdale FL

2016

The Nerve Performance Festival, FATVillage Projects, Fort Lauderdale FL

2015

Outdoor Projection Series, Art Fallout, Fort Lauderdale FL

2013

Oliver Herring: Works and Documentation from Areas of Action at WARPHaus, Gainesville FL

 

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