Good news: the artist you are about to witness is one to remember.
Bad news: a blog is by far not the right medium to experience the art of Jen Ray. You need to see it live in order to capture the genius in it.
I stumbled across Jen Ray’s art in a gallery in Berlin, and it immediately resonated. Some research dug up this great interview done last year by a friend over at ART Berlin.
In her paintings Jen Ray plays with the themes of female power and feminism in cartoon-like settings. The vast apocalyptic dreamscapes populated with amazonian-like women seem strongly influenced by contemporary pop-culture, or, to say it with the words from Jen’s book: “classic mythology meets Star Wars meets seventies glamrock meets art deco fashion design meets critical feminist thinking meets the burlesque of the thirties meets comic strips.”
Her work shows an almost obsessive amount of detail which is the reason why you should go see it live. The resolution used here is by far too low, but to give you a faint idea what this is about check the image below, and the two detail zooms right below (try clicking on the images to get full size)…
The technique used is ink jet print, which supports Jen’s almost micro-artistic style.
Another really remarkable piece of hers is an ornamented axe made of Meissen porcellain.
Check her work below or visit Jen’s website if you dig it.
“Classic mythology meets Star Wars meets seventies glamrock meets art deco fashion design meets critical feminist thinking meets the burlesque of the thirties meets comic strips.”
–Jen Ray about her art.