Every month, Practical Art showcases one local Arizona artist with a month long wall show. Artist’s prepare, on average, ten to twenty creations (sometimes more) representing their style and skill. From graffiti art to sculptures to photographs, each show hosts different artistic materials, modalities, and motifs. Starting February 1, 2016 (and only lasting one month!), Practical Art will be home to ‘Under One Roof,’ the latest and greatest art show by the one-of-a-kind Jennifer Gross.
Jennifer Gross brings lightness and fun with her colorful characters and fanciful figures. Her work is unrestricted and playful, exuding life and inspiring joy. In an effort to learn more about her process and inspiration, we asked Jennifer Gross to give us a little insight into this month’s show:
Q: If you had to describe your show in 5 words or less, what words would you use?
A: Playful, fun, colorful, interesting, expressive.
Q: What did you use to create the pieces?
A: My pieces are created from mixed media: clay, wood panels, paper clay, assorted papers, wire, acrylics and a variety of acrylic mediums.
Q: Is there a theme, or common motif, to your show?
A: Whimsical characters and bugs are a popular theme for me, and I enjoy bringing them to life, so they continue to return to my Practical Art shows.
Q: What inspired your work for the show?
A: Two parts: Observing people and things in nature and the excitement of taking the raw materials and transforming them into whatever I create.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece in the show? If so, what is it?
A: My favorite piece, titled “Tea for Two,” is a storybook bug character, exquisitely crafted in a pose to wish all good cheer. Is he drinking tea or coffee? I don’t know but I like his socks!
Have your own questions for Jennifer Gross? See “Tea for Two” and meet the artist next Friday, February 5, 2016 from 7:00-9:00pm at our First Friday Artist Reception for ‘Under One Roof.’ We can’t wait to see you there!