Jennifer Watson is a recipient of the NJ State Council on the Arts Painting Fellowship (2011) and has had solo exhibitions at R.Jampol Project(s), NY, and Solo(s) Project House, NJ. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions including those at Brian Morris Gallery, NY; The Noyes Museum of Art, NJ; The Gateway Project, NJ; SICA (The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts), NJ; Fountain Art Fair; Exit Art, NY; CWOW, NJ; and more. Exhibition reviews have appeared inARTnews Magazine, Gannett Newspapers, The Star Ledger and The Huffington Post. Watson holds a degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and studied visual arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She resides in Long Branch, NJ, and works in Newark, NJ.
"Recurring themes in my artwork deal with gender, mass consumerism, transformation and the objectification of women, which I often portray through a type of Barbie Doll Avatar. Most recently, my paintings have become dreamlike, suggesting narratives within the prism of humor, beauty and an incisive intellect. They also synthesize childhood memory and nostalgia; innocence and worldliness; and themes of play and danger. A rich psychological layer exists as a pastel palette seals the imagery in an emotional amber that illuminates this terrain.
A distinctive approach is taken during my painting process, producing obsessive, precise, thinly applied layers of paint with skillful, very subtle brushwork. In recent paintings, the extremely detailed application of layers and colors creates a personal, visual language (or 'fingerprint') in which the figures' hair and skin become patterns and reflections - 'formal' interpretations of the surfaces of artificial, plastic, mass produced objects.
My work in general not only questions physical form and beauty influenced by mass culture, advertisements and the pervasiveness of cosmetic enhancements, but our psychological perceived reality as we personally experience less and less due to technology and the synthetic/artificial in our world - causing our reality to increasingly resemble dreams or memories."