Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
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A Dress for Ana Mendieta

Cast Bronze

2'4" x 1'6" x 1'3"

Jennifer Hecker
Brockport, NY

29th Rosen Sculpture Exhibition Invitational

Artist's Comments

I’m interested in layers---physical layers and layers of meaning. My work always starts with a recognizable form---a drain, a dress, a shelf, a bed, a heart. It is that recognizable form that is the entryway into the work, and where that entrance leads is where the art lies. It is a place discovered through making analogies between forms and ideas, through using physical matter to realize spiritual concepts, and through allowing metaphors to bring meaning into the realm of the mundane. I work with a variety of materials and techniques because they are the means through which I communicate, and so, more materials and methods mean a larger vocabulary with which to speak.

This work was inspired by a photograph from Ana Mendieta’s “Tree of Life” series (1977) in which she covered her own body with mud, grass and leaves, and stood against tree trunks, accentuating the connectedness between nature and women. This is a bark dress---strapless and short, with a side slit and a zipper down the back---cast from a mold I took off a tree trunk.

(Ana Mendieta died in 1985 at the age of 36 from a fall from her 34th floor bedroom window. Her husband, the sculptor Carl Andre, was tried and acquitted of her murder, claiming is was a suicide.)
Jennifer Hecker

About the Artist

Jennifer Hecker has an extensive and diverse exhibition record that includes solo shows, commissions, collaborative installations, public art projects, outdoor sculpture shows, adjudicated exhibitions, and permanent collections. Recent exhibitions include: “The Next: A Studio Glass Movement Continuum” at Tower Fine Arts Gallery in Brockport, NY (2015); “Taos Art Glass Invitational” at David Anthony Fine Art in Taos, NM (2014); 4th Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Exhibition at University of Wyoming in Laramie (2014); and “Water: A Universal Human Right,” at the State Street Gallery in Chicago, organized by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art (2014). In 2013, Jennifer was one of 42 regional artists invited to create a new work inspired by an artwork in the permanent collection of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY in celebration of its centennial. In 2011, Jennifer was one of 30 artists from around the world to be featured in the book Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass by Cindy Ann Coldiron (Schiffer Publishing). Jennifer's sculptures were twice selected for inclusion in the prestigious Rosen National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina (1996 & 2011). In 2006, her commissioned outdoor sculpture for the Village of Brockport, Les Racines et les Raisons (The Roots and the Reasons) was dedicated in Remembrance Park. In 2004, she completed a significant commission for a three-part, site-specific sculpture for Christ Church in Pittsford, New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Red Cross in Rochester, NY; The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, and SUNY College at Brockport, as well as private collections in New York, Virginia, Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota.

Jennifer Hecker is a professor in the Department of Art at The College at Brockport, where she has taught all levels of sculpture, as well as general education art courses since 1989. In 1999, she was awarded a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2002 she completed a 6-year term as department chairperson. Jennifer received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 1984, and her BFA in Sculpture with honors from the University of Illinois in 1980.

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