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Jennifer Thoreson: Testament

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM


“I like to know and feel the moment where people fall apart, and saturate my work in it. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.”

Jennifer Thoreson’s series Testament is an exploration of resilience, dependency, the burdens we carry as human beings, and the yearning for release. Set in a house that Thoreson rented for a year, the images manifest psychological struggles as vast, crawling sculptural masses, which the artist fabricated using materials such as wool, linen, clay, and human hair. Conceived through a spiritual lens, the photographs borrow symbolic language from the Bible. They take particular inspiration from Matthew 11:28, a verse that reads: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The content of Thoreson’s images reflects her curiosity about human nature. She states, “I am attracted to vulnerability, to peeling back a skin that reveals something precious, dark, and tender. I am drawn to moments where people are on an edge, barely laced together, befriending disaster, remembering something, or exposing something.”

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Portland, OR 97209

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