J P 제피 | Featured Artist

January 31, 2023

J P 제피 is a bicultural and bigender artist, color explorer, tree climber, and truth-seeker who has created home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. S(he) challenges dominant narratives and creates inceptive spaces in a practice of spiritual activism and exploration of the porous relationship between truth, beauty, and identity. (He)r work has been described as an artistic oxymoron: both loud and quiet, solid and transparent, hand-made and precise, delicate and aggressive, exuberant and restrained, formal and emotional. It is a reflection of J P, an artist of blended culture who is both loud and quiet, urban and rural, delicate and aggressive, masculine and feminine, adventurous and routine.

J P's interdisciplinary practice is truly inspiring, as it seeks to explore light, color, fabric, thread, site-specific installation and performance in a unique way. It speaks to a bicultural and bigendered state, and how to navigate the liminality of this world and beyond.

It is a reflection of the struggle for safety, of synthesizing tensions and collapsing genres, spaces, identities and norms. The work is powerful and has the ability to come off the walls, integrate personal stories and cultural symbols, and inhabit the body. It is an incredible exploration and a reminder of the potential of the human spirit.

Jen Pack’s fabric constructions are created to allow light to pass through them, combining the effects of ambient light and translucent fabric. Using commercially available rather than hand dyed silk, the works are actually collages arranged from available color. Investigating color theory and the interaction of color is the main function of Pack’s work. But unlike the typical association of color theory as hard edged, the works are organic rather than clean lined - as are patterns and forms in nature. The work marries the imperfect quality of the handmade with the sameness and regularity of machine stitching. Pack strives to integrate hybrid ideas: straddling the fence between craft and art, color theory and the rawness of an emotional response to intense color, and reinterpreting formal minimalism in the context of a feminine convention.

Jen Pack earned her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and has exhibited her work in a number of galleries throughout San Los Angeles, and Portland. Pack’s unique works in chiffon have been reviewed by the LA Times and Artweek