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Storing the Sensory
The Artlink Gallery is hosting Jennifer Campbell for the month of January, who is a recent Masters graduate of the ASU's intermedia program. Her show titled "Storing the Sensory" is a compilation of three different collections of work that contribute to her exploration of the 'susceptible elements of human life'-Cambell. She uses a combination of two separate videos, watercolor paintings, and embroidered images of various styles to create a taste of what it is like to be Jennifer Campbell.
As I began to wrap my head around the imagery that Campbell uses, I felt more like I was in a lucid dream than in a gallery viewing art. Her watercolor paintings use playfully simplistic drawings of hot air balloons, giraffes, and blowfish carrying boats. The ambiguous approach to space and color give these watercolors a feeling of floating in thought. As Campbell explores her memories further through her video "Submerged" she creates a hazy recollection of her grandparents through a video mash up of home movies, sound clips, and an overlaying view of water and fish. Her embroidered pieces are strong circular grid maps of her past and present neighborhoods that serve to create historical context to the once UK based artist.
Campbell's stream of consciousness approach to subject matter involves the use of any tool necessary to create an experience that is her own, and also includes the viewer in her experiences with loss, change, relationships, and vulnerability. The exploration of her sensory memory and how it translates into her art is a key piece in understanding this process-oriented artist. Although the culmination of memories and learned information are what makes up all art, this show successfully brings attention to an otherwise assumed piece of the process of creation. Her interpersonal approach to art, while still including the audience in the thought process creates a strong bond with the viewer, the art, and the artist. It is important because that connection from artist to viewer is something that every viewer looks for and most artists strive to refine.