Mann, Jenn

  • Home:
    Mississauga, Ontario
  • Title:
    Cotton Candy
  • Media:
    Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
  • Dimensions:
    122 x 117 cm
  • Website:

My work mainly involves the human face and figure, focusing on ideas of existentialism, beauty and identity. In my series of works Strange Beauties – to which Cotton Candy belongs – I am interested in our objection as a society to awkwardness. By using honest or unflattering images of my subjects, I examine beauty and our aversion to strangeness as a starting point to my search for magic in the idea of bad or wrong. Inspired by the circus, illusions, dreams and the innocence and playfulness of childhood, Strange Beauties explores beauty and its fringes. Capturing sincere moments with my subjects while casually hanging out in my studio, the paintings in this series evoke a naïve and unfiltered sense of beauty akin to that experienced in childhood. Using color and saturation to foreground elegant and alluring elements in otherwise odd and un-glamorous images. The combination of color, gesture, and facial expression works to create a deep sense of intimacy and honesty amidst the surreal candy colored images.

REPRESENTATION:
Neubacher Shor Contemporary (NSC),Toronto, Ontario
EDUCATION:

2009

OCAD BFA- Printmaking


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

Feb 2013

Strange Beauties – NSC,Toronto


2012

Gathering of the Psyche – Communication Gallery, Toronto


July, 2012

Daydream Believer – NSC,Toronto


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Sept 2010

Highly Contagious – Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco


March 2010

Nature Noir – Mahan Gallery, Columbus OH, USA


Feb 2013

Animal in Me – Subtext Gallery, San Diego USA


AWARDS:

2007

2nd year award for studio excellence – Printmaking, OCAD


2008

Duncan Macpherson Award – Drawing & Painting, OCAD


2009

Curries Art Store Prize- Printmaking 4th year, OCAD

 

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