Jennifer Trask

Meet the Artists of Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016

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.