- Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
- Active in
- Ulster Park, New York, United States
Jennifer Trask engages nature as both medium and subject matter, combining unexpected materials such as bone, vertebrae, butterfly wings, resin, metal, and antique frame fragments to create arresting jewelry and large-scale sculptures. Her lifelong fascination with biology, archaeology, and anthropology inform lavish works celebrating the splendor of the natural world and exploring the ongoing tension between its wild and domesticated spheres, while visually recalling seventeenth-century Dutch vanitas paintings and Victorian wonder cabinets. Animal remains—antler, horn, teeth, tusk, and bone—feature prominently in Trask’s work, fashioned into objects that bloom with radiant vitality and evoke cycles of death, transformation, and rebirth.
Jennifer Trask uses unlikely materials such as insect wings, rusted steel, and earth in place of precious gemstones. The artist presents natural specimens under glass and engraves the Latin species name or chemical notation on the back of each case, reminding us of the scientists and amateurs who created "curiosity cabinets" centuries ago.