why does jen do what she does?

I am always attempting to work outside structures and systems—to corrupt the way we typically view a situation, person or emotion. I question structures of authority and public order and, more specifically, our willingness to regulate ourselves for the perceived sense of safety. I question the self and society-made structures that exist and why we choose them.

I choose to enact integrationist and interventionist tactics that put my actions and my work within a public space, typically without permission but also without causing harm. Although my stance is anti-authoritarian, this comes with an understanding and respect for other people and their comfort. I work outside structures in public in order to make a person notice, think or consider an action or object but without being immediately aware that they are encountering an artwork. By having an awareness of myself in the public space and all the other parts of life that fall into place around me, I alter my approach to the space in such a way that might jar the standard expectation of how a person is supposed to experience a space.

The entire work may have an end result of a drawing or an object, but I see the piece in its entirety. It is the decision to act, the action in space, the writing and talking about the action, any research, posts, comments, blogs, and images related to the piece and whatever final image or object that takes form.