ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jenna Kuiper is a photographic artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico who deftly applies her training as a painter to draw with light onto photographic paper in the darkroom. Her still life photograms from the series Drawing in the Dark are artistically deceptive as they appear to be a straight forward photographic tableau of 3D geometric objects yet the objects are an illustrated fiction created in the darkness, unseen and unknown until the prints are developed. STATEMENT: My large-scale photograms bring the intentions of drawing to the materials of photography. Trained as a painter, I came across this process by accident while teaching middle-schoolers at a summer arts camp. The different grays achieved through timed light in the darkroom reminded me of the value scale in drawing. With this in mind, I set about creating prints with controlled light and cut-up shapes. I often refer to my process as drawing in the dark.
The University of New Mexico, M.F.A. Painting and Drawing, 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico With Distinction The University of Montana, B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, 2006 Missoula, Montana With Distinction
Black Hills State University, Studies in Art and Writing, Spearfish, South Dakota 1999-2003