susan jennings

art

My work is fairly regular materials doing abnormal things. In many of these objects, household items show up uninvited to make an out-of-place debut as a body part or sexual apparatus. Wax, leather, gauze, metal become flesh; or wrench it, puncture it.

I enjoy allowing a banal object to become some other signifier, reminiscent of something strange. In creating these, I wanted to make the viewer aware of their physical self, the endless possibilities to receive information through the most rational of senses, and feel it fall heavy into the sinewy body of the mind.

Not What I Intended

Not What I Intended

Resin casts with steel nails and thread Figures abstracted from Greek tragedy are drilled and punctured, blood seemingly spilling from their wounds, every experience documented.

Not What I Intended - detail

Not What I Intended - detail

Resin casts with steel nails and thread Figures abstracted from Greek tragedy are drilled and punctured, blood seemingly spilling from their wounds, every experience documented.

Not What I Intended - detail

Not What I Intended - detail

Resin casts with steel nails and thread Figures abstracted from Greek tragedy are drilled and punctured, blood seemingly spilling from their wounds, every experience documented.

Cord

Cord

Bronze cast A surreal connection links the organic and the electronic.

Cord - detail

Cord - detail

Bronze cast A surreal connection links the organic and the electronic.

Cord - detail

Cord - detail

Bronze cast A surreal connection links the organic and the electronic.

Welcome In

Welcome In

Wire coat hanger, gauze, plasticine clay, brass tacks, thread. A wreath made of objects resembling eyeballs, bullets and spermatozoa encircles a wire coat hanger topped with a gauze ribbon. These objects reference both sex and the oversight of sexuality and its consequences.

Welcome In - detail

Welcome In - detail

Wire coat hanger, gauze, plasticine clay, brass tacks, thread. A wreath made of objects resembling eyeballs, bullets and spermatozoa encircles a wire coat hanger topped with a gauze ribbon. These objects reference both sex and the oversight of sexuality and its consequences.

Neck Lump

Neck Lump

Plastic tubing, plasticine clay, oatmeal, food coloring, wax, fishing line. The plastic tubing becomes a sort of spine, at the top of which are nestled several sets of angry-looking glands, suggesting ideas of illness, death, and the lack of control of one's own body.

Neck Lump - detail

Neck Lump - detail

Plastic tubing, plasticine clay, oatmeal, food coloring, wax, fishing line. The plastic tubing becomes a sort of spine, at the top of which are nestled several sets of angry-looking glands, suggesting ideas of illness, death, and the lack of control of one's own body.

Neck Lump - detail

Neck Lump - detail

Plastic tubing, plasticine clay, oatmeal, food coloring, wax, fishing line. The plastic tubing becomes a sort of spine, at the top of which are nestled several sets of angry-looking glands, suggesting ideas of illness, death, and the lack of control of one's own body.

Garlic Braid

Garlic Braid

Cherry Chapstick, gauze, cotton string. Cherry Chapsticks screwed out of their plastic sleeves take the place of traditional garlic in this braid, where materials begin to suggest feminine hygiene products or even firecrackers. The literary reference of garlic keeping away vampires takes on a new meaning, where the fragrant red wax could be blood, or an innocent kiss.

Garlic Braid - detail

Garlic Braid - detail

Cherry Chapstick, gauze, cotton string. Cherry Chapsticks screwed out of their plastic sleeves take the place of traditional garlic in this braid, where materials begin to suggest feminine hygiene products or even firecrackers. The literary reference of garlic keeping away vampires takes on a new meaning, where the fragrant red wax could be blood, or an innocent kiss.

Garlic Braid - detail

Garlic Braid - detail

Cherry Chapstick, gauze, cotton string. Cherry Chapsticks screwed out of their plastic sleeves take the place of traditional garlic in this braid, where materials begin to suggest feminine hygiene products or even firecrackers. The literary reference of garlic keeping away vampires takes on a new meaning, where the fragrant red wax could be blood, or an innocent kiss.

Shower Curtain

Shower Curtain

Copper pipe, plastic tubing, steel wire, plasticine clay, clear caulking, doll hair. The shower is a place of cleanliness, yet is often dirty... a place of privacy, yet also of intimacy. This "shower curtain" contains much of what you'd find in a shower, adding in materials that pierce the rubber "flesh" to create a new textile, which would actually make a lousy shower curtain.

Shower Curtain - detail

Shower Curtain - detail

Copper pipe, plastic tubing, steel wire, plasticine clay, clear caulking, doll hair. The shower is a place of cleanliness, yet is often dirty... a place of privacy, yet also of intimacy. This "shower curtain" contains much of what you'd find in a shower, adding in materials that pierce the rubber "flesh" to create a new textile, which would actually make a lousy shower curtain.

Shower Curtain - detail

Shower Curtain - detail

Copper pipe, plastic tubing, steel wire, plasticine clay, clear caulking, doll hair. The shower is a place of cleanliness, yet is often dirty... a place of privacy, yet also of intimacy. This "shower curtain" contains much of what you'd find in a shower, adding in materials that pierce the rubber "flesh" to create a new textile, which would actually make a lousy shower curtain.

Pig Snout

Pig Snout

Loofah, natural excelsior, wax, rubber bands. A found object takes on various appearances verging from gross to comical with the addition of other materials.

Hathor

Hathor

Rubber bands, steel chain, steel spikes, rubber drain stoppers, copper wire, latex, steel ring & bolt Found objects are united to take on a human form, at once comical, mechanical, medical, and sexual.

Hathor - detail

Hathor - detail

Rubber bands, steel chain, steel spikes, rubber drain stoppers, copper wire, latex, steel ring & bolt Found objects are united to take on a human form, at once comical, mechanical, medical, and sexual.

Hathor - detail

Hathor - detail

Rubber bands, steel chain, steel spikes, rubber drain stoppers, copper wire, latex, steel ring & bolt Found objects are united to take on a human form, at once comical, mechanical, medical, and sexual.

Untitled - detail

Untitled - detail

Rubber bands, steel chain, steel spikes, rubber drain stoppers, copper wire, latex, steel ring & bolt Found objects are united to take on a human form, at once comical, mechanical, medical, and sexual.

Tools

Tools

Molded plastic keychain gift box + five wax casts. A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Tools

Tools

Molded plastic keychain gift box. A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Tools

Tools

Molded plastic keychain gift box (with keychain in place). A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Tools

Tools

Black wax cast with speaker and volume knob. A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Tools

Tools

White wax cast with cotton string and cotton ball. A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Tools

Tools

Red wax cast with rubber bands. A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Tools

Tools

Pink wax cast with plastic tubing and telephone cord. A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Tools

Tools

silver wax cast with drill bit. A found object, in this case a key chain in a molded plastic gift box, evokes the image of a melted microphone or a flaccid penis. Explorations into what types of objects might have occupied this form result in various "tools" ranging from electronics to devices for use in the body.

Scar

Scar

Circular saw cut in wall with thread stitching. The wall of the gallery is cut open and stitched back up, as many of us have at one time or another.

Scar - detail

Scar - detail

Circular saw cut in wall with thread stitching. The wall of the gallery is cut open and stitched back up, as many of us have at one time or another.

Threat

Threat

Copper, plasticine clay, gauze, acrylic paint. Objects are designed to evoke the threat of physical harm.

Threat - detail

Threat - detail

Copper, plasticine clay, gauze, acrylic paint. Objects are designed to evoke the threat of physical harm.

The Tightrope

The Tightrope

Rope, mirror, steel bucket, water. Based on a song lyric, this piece talks about the possibility of loss and despair with emotional risk.

The Tightrope - detail

The Tightrope - detail

Rope, mirror, steel bucket, water. Based on a song lyric, this piece talks about the possibility of loss and despair with emotional risk.

The Tightrope - detail

The Tightrope - detail

Rope, mirror, steel bucket, water. Based on a song lyric, this piece talks about the possibility of loss and despair with emotional risk.

SJ

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