Jennie Wilde balances hand-building with deconstructing and reassembling clay through carving,
marking, and sculpting until an emotional quality is revealed. The development of each work
is a delicate balance of discovery, getting lost, and becoming found through the making
process. Wilde is currently dedicated to the deep rich tonality of
black clay, signaling decay and mortality.
Wilde’s studio practice involves developed methods for recycling clay that invite the state of
the material to directly influence the shape of each form. Each piece is extremely
organic, literally expressing her relationship with the material in a range of movements
from spontaneous gestural strokes to brisk throws against a wall
and the simple imprint of her thumb.
Her practice is designed to be low-impact and sustainable. This is evidenced by a commitment to
shared resources through a community studio space, the reduction of material through
recycled clay, unglazed pieces, and tool repurposing.
My connection to nature is visceral; it results in a strong positive energy that is the
essence and foundation of all my artwork. I seek out nature as a place of raw truth
to provide perspective and to cultivate the deep kinship I feel.
I am acutely aware of how my surroundings affect my mood and mind. This is my fuel
as I manipulate the clay and experiment. Each work focuses on the physical
and the intangible, the unexpected and the familiar, evolving
into an imaginary yet realistic form.
I use my art to explore our human connection to the natural world.
My current work focuses on the uncertainty of impermanence.
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