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Jen Clay is native to the foothills of North Carolina and is currently based in South Florida. Clay works as a multimedia artist which includes 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.

Upcoming projects for 2018 include a video installation at The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines, a solo exhibit with performance aspects at The Practice Gallery in Philadelphia for the month of May, and a interactive video installation at the Young At Art Museum in October.

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 collaboration with Liz Ferrer, Poncili Creation and Kalan Sherrad she has performed at Miami Light Box as part of the Here and Now program and at ICA Miami for Miami Design District site specific performance series in 2015.

Currently Clay has an ongoing flag project installed at Hollywood Art and Culture center in FL which is visual from the outdoors. Also, in the upcoming months live stream performances of Clay’s that will be broadcasted through twitter from the BAD Space residency space in Fort Lauderdale FL.

 
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)

 

PRESS

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                            

2018

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

Practice Gallery, Solo exhibit, Philadelphia PA, May

The Frank, Pembroke Pines FL, January

 

EDUCATION

2014 MFA Sculpture University of Florida, Gainesville FL

2010 BFA  Sculpture University of North Carolina, Charlotte NC

 

EXHIBIT 

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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