Artist’s Bio

Jenn Garrett

MID, University of Florida
BFA, University of Georgia

With a Masters in Interior Design focusing on Mid- Twentieth Century Architecture, Jenn Garrett takes architectural approach to sculpture. The process of developing a sculpture evolves from a sketch on paper, to a scale model, to 3-dimensional computer renderings and fabrication drawings to find the most efficient and exact method of producing the work. She developed the practice of engineering her ideas through drawings while teaching technical drafting and presentation drawing as a graduate student at the University of Florida. Her work reflects time spent studying sculpture in Italy, including in-depth studies in stone carving and the subtractive process and her time growing up in Chattanooga, TN. Her latest body of artwork has been influenced by her role as mom to two children, wife to a scientist and the strong relationships she has with her extended family, many of whom reside in Gainesville, FL where her studio is located.

Artist’s Statement

I am interested in biology- using the forms and logic of biology to express the illogical, dynamic relationships between people. The forms are constructed through an architectural approach, working with lines and planes to create volumetric forms. I often use architectural materials, such as steel and aluminum, for their durable, rigid qualities. The architectural treatment of joints, such as the use of slits, blots, and welds is an analytical approach to the irregular joints found in the natural world. During the development of the piece, the natural form is repeatedly analyzed to develop a more symbolic, pure
form. In my recent work, a single sculpture will consist of several forms, each frozen at a particular moment of growth. When placed together, the forms convey relationships between the forms, some creating a sense of family and others a relationship between just two forms.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Art- Sculpture, University of Georgia (2000)
Master of Interior Design, University of Florida (2005)

Selected Exhibitions

  • River Sculpture, Lower Mississippi River Museum (USACE)- in process
  • City of Gainesville Sculpture for Fire Station 1- Permanent Collection
  • Midsouth Sculpture Alliance Professional Outdoor Exhibition, Chattanooga, TN (3/2012-10/2012)
  • Art on the Beltline, Atlanta, GA (8/2011- 11/2011)
  • Museum of Florida Art Sculpture Walk, Deland, FL (10/2011-10/2012)
  • National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, North Charleston (4/2011-3/2012)
  • Haile Village Center, Gainesville, FL- Solo Exhibition (2011)
  • Gainesville CRA- Art Marker for St. Paul CMU Church (2010)
  • 2010 Centennial Celebration Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, University of Southern Mississippi (3/2010- 3/2011)
  • Art in Public Places Exhibition & Juried Competition, Knoxville, TN  (4/2009- 11/2009)
  • Creative Quarterly 16 (online edition)- Juried Journal, September 2009
  • The Hub Project, Community Design Center, Gainesville, FL (2004)
  • Natural Instincts- Solo Exhibition, Thomas Gallery, Athens, GA (2000)
  • Group Exhibit – SMC Corporation, Lawrenceville, GA (2000)Georgia Sculptors Society Annual Exhibition, Athens, GA (2000)
  • Lyndon House Juried Exhibition, Athens, GA (1998)
  • Lavori In Corso (group exhibit), Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy (1997)

Publications

  • Daytona Beach News- Journal, “DeLand’s ‘Sculpture Walk’ Gets 12 New Pieces of Art” Skyler Swisher. October 6, 2011
  • Gainesville Magazine, “’60’s Chic” Laura Bernheim. Homes Section, August/September 2011
  • Gainesville Sun, “Outside the Front Door” Andrew Wyzen. June 11, 2011
  • Carolina Arts Unleashed, “6th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” Tom Starland, April 27th, 2011 at http://carolinaarts.com
  • Knoxville Sentinel, “Dogwood Fest Names Sculpture Winners” September 8, 2009
  • UF Today, “Uncommon History” April Birdwell, Fall 2006