new work
done and undone
sting speck cut
things held
My studio work in photography hinges on the intersection of physical material and photographic process. In my studio, the play between them is akin to a performance where the material acts as an animated performer in the space.
I am attuned to the humble and the analog, things made to protect, preserve, obscure and to fix in its multiple definitions; in recent years, I’ve worked with reclaimed silver, glass, cinefoil, silver leaf, aluminum paints and underlayment. While my process may initially obscure the original material, it emerges as a kind of treasure once it becomes the subject of the camera’s focus. A host of visual associations are at play; an ordinary, crumpled piece of foil or a pane of broken glass may yield mysterious electric worlds or shifting landscapes of movement. The resulting images, moving and still, appear strange on a cerebral level but are intuitively familiar in their evocation of the phenomena of the natural world and our physical connection to the things around us.
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 has been included in exhibitions in the Bay Area at Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, Swarm Gallery, Pro Arts Gallery and The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, as well as the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Awards and fellowships include 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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