Name: Jenni Ward
Which came first in your life, the science or the art?
Art. I’ve always been hands-on, building and creating since I was very little. That said, I’ve also always been exploring, observing and collecting things in nature.
Which sciences relate to your art practice?
Biological sciences probably influence my work the most. I love looking at structures in nature, finding out how things work and what is happening on the insides.
What materials do you use to create your artworks?
My primary material is clay, but I often add high temperature wire to my ceramic works as well.
Artwork/Exhibition you are most proud of:
My work has always been influenced by nature, but in the past few years, I started installing the pieces back in nature where their inspiration came from. I document the process with still photos and video. This way of showcasing my work ‘in the field’ combines my love of making art and my love of exploring the world. The ephemeral results are really dynamic and engaging.
Which scientists and/or artists inspire and/or have influenced you?
I love the earth works of Andy Goldsworthy and Chris Drury along with the outdoor installations of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures and have found them inspirational in my own work.
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