I am interested in using my artwork as a means to relate to people through stories. I make images of scenes I have personally observed that are specific to me, but simultaneously emotive enough for the viewer to be able relate to the work. I use drawing, painting, and photography to capture candidly intimate moments that the viewer may be unable to recognize in a representational sense, but it makes them think of a similar moment or feeling they have experienced in their own life. They might not recognize the exact coffee shop, but it may remind them of a coffee shop they frequent, or a portrait of my grandparents might make them think of their own. While the subjects are quite typical in the sense that they can be observed in everyday, domestic settings, they are illustrated with a detailed, yet painterly sensibility in the mark-making that gives them a lyrical quality. The compositional choice to focus on textures and small details of the scene creates emotional nuances for the viewer to discover the longer they look at the piece. Although not all of the pieces feature figures, they are still very much about people as they show how people define a space in their use of it, and how they affect the space they inhabit.
The images have a strong sense of memory and sentimentality, triggering a kind of introspection in the viewer. It is this contemplation of their own experience and its meaning that allows them to more actively participate in being human. There is nothing surreal or other-worldly about my pieces, no hidden meaning. They are perceptual representations of the mundane which give an honest look at life. The viewer can connect to my work because it is accessible in its subject matter and unassuming in its nature.
Jennifer Casey is a teaching artist at Arts@302 in Broken Arrow, where she teaches introductory perceptual drawing for children. She received her BFA in 2022 from the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
An active local artist, her work has been exhibited in the Annual Gussman Juried Student Exhibition multiple years, as well as in the Humanities Festival Student Art Exhibition. She has won several awards for her work, including Best in Show in the Drawing Division in the Annual Residence Hall Association Art Show in 2018, a Best Connection to Theme Award in the Gilcrease Junior Board’s Home Exhibition in 2021, and an Award of Merit for oil painting at the Annual Gussman Juried Student Exhibition in 2022. She was also published in the 21st volume of Stylus Student Journal for Art and Writing in 2022. Her work has been displayed at the Gilcrease Museum, McFarlin Library, the Alexandre Hogue Gallery, and the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education.