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 porcelain and bronze 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.
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. During the past two years her work has been shown at The Oakland Museum of California, the American Craft Council show in San Francisco, the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. 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.