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J Carpenter

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"Live Wires," nylon rope, 10' x 12' x 10', 2010
"Adrift," handmade lace, latex balloons, 8' x 4' x 1', 2010
"House in Black Lace," handmade lace, 10" x 8" x 6", 2010
"The Exquisite Frost," hadmade lace, 36" x 40" x 36", 2009
"She Slept," embroidery on canvas, 18" x 5", 2007
Artist's Statement

I render symbols of protection using three dimensional lace that I make by hand, sometimes with traditional thread, other times with industrial materials such as rope and steel. I do so in order to examine conventional ideals concerning home, safety, and security.

The work juxtaposes perceived fragility of objects with subject matter representing protection. The sculptures reference ideals of safe spaces but do not provide physical shelter. I present viewers with this paradox to encourage them to consider their own views concerning security. The work asks: to what degree do conventional lifestyle choices keep us safe and at peace, and to what degree to they leave us exposed, even in danger?

The theme of protection continues in my drawings and prints, which render symbols of protection as fragile objects. My goal is to convey a sense of battered hope in these two dimensional works.


J Carpenter has exhibited at Taller Boricua Gallery on the upper east side, Central Booking in DUMBO, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Art Gotham in SoHo, and many venues in New Jersey. She completed a Swing Space residency on Governor's Island in the fall of 2010, a SWAP residency from fall 2009 - spring 2010, and three residencies at Gaia Studio in Jersey City, from 2005 - 2008. She was a 2009 New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient. She was a member of the Lost Art Lacers Guild of New Jersey in 2008 and 2009. She is currently teaching at Girls Prep Lower East Side and with the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her current studio is located in Jersey City, where she is working on a series of sculptures that resemble both houses and balloons.