Jen Reich

Reich_Jen1

“Courses”; Horse hair, silver, stainless wire; 4 x 5 x 3.5 inches

Reich_Jen2

“Framework”; Horse hair, wire; 17 x 1 x 2 inches

My sculptures and jewelry tell stories of connectivity and disassociation. My structures define empty space through the use of line, drawing in space with horsehair to create forms; tension and fluidity illustrate a state of being. These structures, some wearable, mimic the curves of the body and become an architectural extension of the body. In my work the relationship of one component to another or of an element to itself creates the affect of the piece. Lines, both present and missing tell stories; creating outlines and volume. Horsehair delineates both space and the pathways through space. The horsehair creates associations of both life and death, the life of the horsehair before it was a material is always present, as is its death and rebirth as part of these structures. The delicacy of connections, the strength of knotted moorings voice fragility and tenacity. My stories are tales of restraint and freedom, paths taken and passed by, lived and unlived. Every structure holds many stories.

Reich_Jen3

“Seams”; Horse hair, wire, thread; 14 x 9 x 4 inches