Jenn Shifflet

Jenn Shifflet is a painter and a glass artist. Shifflet was an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts between 2004 and 2007. In 2015, she was an artist in residence at the Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area. Recent solo shows include an exhibit at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery and Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland. She has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, and The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Her awards include the Smithsonian Resident Associate Honors Award, an honorable mention from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and Affiliate Artist Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts. She is a Pollock-Krasner Grant Awardee.

I am drawn to glass as a medium because it is a material that transmits, reflects, refracts, and holds light. Its associations with fragility, yet its underlying strength, touches upon the ephemeral nature of being. Inspired by the amorphous structure of glass being between both a liquid and a solid state, I focus on variant gradients of hue, tone, opacity, transparency, form and formlessness. The overlapping and subtle transitions between these elements is the point of interest for me.

All of my work reflects my interest in the inner dreamlike realms of perception, and the formal qualities of light, color, and space. The external serves as a metaphor, mirroring an internal space in which to pause and contemplate. Ultimately, I am interested in a visual language that points to how the beauty of life is held within a profound fragility of impermanence.