Jenn Shifflet

All of my work reflects my interest in the perception of light, color and space. I am inspired by momentary plays of light in the natural world that embody these elements: halos around the sun or moon, auras of color surrounding the brightness of light, star dust on a clear night, the glimmer of light reflections across water, the ethereality of rainbows, and the gradient transitions in the sky at dusk and dawn. The poetics of these fleeting visual effects speak to the beauty of life being held within a profound fragility of impermanence.


I am drawn to glass as a medium because it is a material that transmits, reflects, refracts and holds light. Inspired by the amorphous structure of glass being between both a liquid and a solid state, formally I focus on gradients of transition: of hue, tone, opacity, transparency, form and formlessness, fragility and strength. The overlapping and subtle transitions between these elements is the point of interest for me.


Ultimately, the external visual experiences that inspire my work mirror the possibility of an internal experience of a luminosity and spaciousness in which one can pause, slow down, and rest in contemplation of our very nature.


Jenn Shifflet is a painter and glass artist. She was awarded an affiliate residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts from 2004 to 2007 and was an artist in residence at Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area in 2015. Shifflet received the Smithsonian Museum's Resident Associate Honors Award, an honorable mention from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Rotunda Gallery and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland. Solo exhibition venues include the SFMOMA Artists Gallery and Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, California. Shifflet's work can be found in private and public collections in the US, Asia, and the Middle East.