Jennifer Gustavson creates assemblages of found and hand-made objects. Using a wide variety of materials, they are often ordinary objects that have a history with the artist or the people that surround her in that they are embedded with sentimentality. Gustavson imposes her own taxonomical approach and makes arrangements into hierarchical structures from floor to ceiling that appear in increasing or decreasing order. For the artist, this activity is an integral part of the narrative behind the public display. Gustavson received a BFA in Photography from Illinois State University and an MFA in Studio Art from NYU. She has exhibited in New York City and Brooklyn, NY; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Danielson, CT; Santiago, Chile and Berlin, Germany.
Much like with Yael, I am drawn to Gustavson's use of the everyday in the creation of her contemporary totems. Her work is a reminder of how charged with emotion with objects can be, and how by creating pairings and making subtle changes to shape and form, chasms in our thinking and interactions are created. I don't know whether I want to laugh or cry when I see Not Yet Titled.
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