done and undone
Is there value in attempting to fix things as they are? Or, is the value in the slippage itself?
My photographic work magnifies and highlights humble things in flux – shock-absorbing foams, safety glass, Cinefoil, reclaimed silver, aluminum paint, silver leaf. Intended to conserve, conceal or fix, these materials instead play in front of the camera and perform in the darkroom. Traversing the abstract and the representational, the sculptural and the painterly, this imagery reflects on our desire to hold, protect and preserve the things around us.
These materials go through multiple transformations, physically and photographically. Images are rendered through multiple and varied photographic processes – analog, digital, experimental – moving and still – offering a kind of treasure in each iteration.
A host of visual associations are at play. Crumpled foil or a pane of broken glass may evoke mysterious, electric worlds or shifting landscapes of movement. Each image, moving or still, appears strange on a cerebral level but is intuitively familiar in its evocation of and attention to ourselves and the natural world.

Jennifer Brandon lives and works in San Francisco, CA. In 2007, she received her MFA at Mills College, preceded by an MA in 2005 and BA in 2004 in Art with an emphasis in painting at California State University, Northridge, as well as a BA in 1997 in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Brandon's work has been shown at Bay Area venues including Mills College Art Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Swarm Gallery, Pro Arts Gallery , as well as the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Residencies, awards and fellowships include The Rayko Artist in Residence, The Herringer Prize for Excellence in Studio Art and The Catherine Morgan Trefethen Fellowship in Art.
Brandon currently teaches at Mills College, and has taught at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University and UC Berkeley.





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