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Jen Mazza

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"I'll be your mirror", 2009, oil on linen, 14 x 17 inches
Book / String, 2009, oil on linen, 9 x 13 inches
Still life, 2009, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches
Dead Roses in Glass, oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches
Tutte, 2009, oil on linen, 8 x 11 inches
Artist's Statement

In my process I interrogate…no, that’s not right, I never shine such a bright light on my subjects…

I converse… with subjects as diverse as my experience.

What has most inspired my current choice of imagery is my reading of Georges Perec’s essays and his engagement with and analysis of habit and the mundane, in his so called “infraordinary” and “invariables” he extolled both the metaphysical and the banal in the everyday. Perec focused on the overlooked and the undervalued. As Perec says: “How can we speak of these ‘common things’, how rather, can we stalk them, how can we flush them out, rescue them from the mire in which they remain stuck, how can we give them a meaning, a tongue, so that they are at last able to speak of the way things are, the way we are?”

Painting is a dialog in a language which at best I misconstrue – and at worst I use to illuminate that misunderstanding .


Mazza received a B.A. from Mary Washington College her M.F.A. from Rutger’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has exhibited in many group shows throughout New York and New Jersey and most recently her paintings were included in the one person exhibition “Self Deceit” at the Jersey City Museum and a solo project at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art.

She has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council for the Arts in both 2001 and 2008 and was selected to participate in the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art’s Emerge program. Mazza has been awarded fellowships from VCCA, the Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Center, the Jentel Foundation and Yaddo. She received a Project Space award from PS122 for 2006-2007, AAI' sLower East Side Rotating Studio Progam in 2008, and was Artist in Residence at the Newark Museum in January of 2008.