Philadelphia artist Jen Blazina’s work represents a sense of holding onto a place in time. Inspired by her grandfather’s photography, she blends surreal imagery and found objects in her cast glass objects.
Blazina holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, a B.F.A. in Photography from the SUNY at Purchase College, Purchase, NY, and a M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Her work is in the collections of various museums throughout the US, including the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH. In 2012, Blazina had three solo exhibitions, A Collection at the Thompson Gallery of Furman University in Greenville, SC, Going at the Detour Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and Westward Ho at the Pearlstein Gallery of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Her works combine her background in photography and printmaking through the use of digital imagery imprinted on cast and re-fabricated objects. This process, she says, allows her to “recast the history of the objects as part of my own current voice.”
In her November 2013 Residency at The Studio, she plans to concentrate on producing a series of furniture pieces based on a family’s parlor. She is intrigued by the idea of a parlor as “a space that holds memories of visitors gone by.” She will screen-print images on the surface of the mold-blown re-cast components of two chairs and a table. The final installation will “allude to a tangible sense of a conversation,” says Blazina. “This conversation creates an invisible portal of this moment and the temperamental narratives, evoked by both the image, and memory.”