Jenny Rosen mines individual and collective memory to make work that serves both to explore meaning and as a means of being heard. Mold making and casting techniques form the basis of her practice, through which she fixes moments in time metaphorically and physically. By casting evocative objects, she seeks to capture and transform personal experience into one that is less particular and speaks to a shared, perhaps uncomfortable, human experience.
The casts balance simplicity of form with obsessive refinement by hand, and conceptual significance with formal qualities. Finished pieces either stand individually or are grouped as intimate installations that emphasize tenuousness but lack sentimentality. The work breaks down meaning and creates it at the same time, offering space for a moment of contemplative observation in an era when it has become increasingly difficult to satisfy that need.
Her current work explores the nature of intimacy through the use of waste as medium and metaphor. Playing with the intimate as philosophical and aesthetic abstraction, she casts waste products in porcelain from which she forms sculptures that serve to investigate the alchemical deleterious and constructive effects of intimacy.
Born in Oakland, California, she received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA from UCLA, and a BFA from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been shown at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California, the Oakland Museum of California, and the American Craft Council show in San Francisco. It has also been mentioned in Handful of Salt, a Bay-Area-based design magazine that explores the craft of modern design, and on the KCRW Design & Architecture blog curated out of Los Angeles.