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Lady JennD is a working artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The “Visual DJ” known as LadyJennD started life as Jennifer DeSantis in 1981 in Waterbury, Connecticut. By taking images and texts from (mainly vintage) publications, she destroys their original intention, and creates a whole new meaning and context for them to exist. Much like a DJ remixes songs and sounds, LadyJennD as a “Visual DJ”, remixes images and words to create fresh, new, imaginative realms.
Her unique artistic talent was nurtured from an early
age from her family, even as she relocated to Georgia in 1996.
Like many people, Jennifer’s life took some twists and turns, and so she
continued to develop her creative talent, utilizing art as a form of self
therapy. Her method of Mixed Media Collage has allowed her to express her
emotions and dreams in a multi-dimensional, and sometimes humorous, style.
Her art is
a practice in “creation from destruction”, adapting existing media and
restructuring it to give it new life. The goal of
Jennifer’s art is to pull the viewer into the piece, making them want to grasp
it, get inside and explore it, to find some kind of inner healing.
LadyJennD is now in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she
has spent the past 4 plus years activating and managing a small non profit
gallery in downtown Albuquerque, while continuing steadfastly in her art
practice and career. She recently took the leap into being a full time artist
in May of 2021.
LadyJennD has had several solo shows in Atlanta GA and
Albuquerque NM. She has curated and participated in a myraid of group exhibits
too, both juried and not.
She has had work published in Rene Rongen’s Book,
“Fundamentally Female” in 2012. Most recently, her submission of "Covid
Queen Bee", a work completed in 2020 received a $1,000 award from the
Jerry Goldstein Foundation.
Jennifer has taught her intuitive mixed media collage techniques at several in
person workshops over the years and hopes to continue again as soon as
loves participating in various online artisan auctions on social media.
"Many of my pieces reflect the oddities contained in the philosophic subconscious and have deep meanings I hope resonate with the you. My art comes from the mind, heart, and soul simultaneously." ~ LadyJennD
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I love to repurpose vintage materials as well as any images containing shapes, textures and patterns that I find interesting.
I very rarely (less than 1%) scan/copy images and cut them out. As stated in my "inspiration", I love the small of old books and magazines. I love challenging myself with cutting old, thin, and worn papers. They have all been forgotten or discarded. I love giving them new life.
I use UHU brand glue stick and Mod Podge for adhering my collage materials, For thicker papers, I use Golden brand "Clear Tar Gel". The only adhesive that is not archival is Mod Podge. (It's sooo user friendly as well as inexpesive though!) Regardless of the adhesive , it is of utmost importance for my pieces to be finished with a UV protective/archival varnish. I use Liquitex brand high gloss varnish for 90% of my work. The high gloss really makes the colors and imagery pop!
Many of my pieces are intuitively created. For example, I look thorugh my paints, and I "feel yellow", so I paint some yellow! The works I express through this medium often contain thoughts and feelings from deep within. It is when the work is complete, that the message will reveal itself. (that "AHA!" moment)
Pieces can also contain several meanings or connections with myself and the viewer. There can be humor and sadness in the same creation for instance.
This is wonderful, as we humans are such complex beings, with so many thoughts and feelings moving through us simultaneously.
- Residency at Gallery 1526., Atlanta GA, 2012
- 1st Solo Exhibit at DooGallery, Atlanta GA, 2014
- Received the Makeshift Grant through the Downtown ABQ Arts and Culture District with curator stipend in 2017/2018 for work activating the OT Circus Gallery in downtown Albuquerque.
- Selected for the juried Ghostwolf Gallery annual "Women's Work" exhibit two years in a row, Albuquerque NM, 2019 and 2020.
- Receipient of 2021 Jerry Goldstein Award for her "Covid Queen Bee" submission.
- Artwork published in Renee Rongen's book "Fundamentally Female", 2012
- Works selected as illustrations in the poetry book "Love Lost" by Jennifer Anne Greene, 2020.
Professional Associations and Affiations
- Activation of the OT Circus non profit gallery in Albuquerque NM as a destination for inclusive contemprary art shows and events. 2017 - 2021.
- Administration and artist particiaption in several online art sales groups on the Facebook platform. Was one of the first people to introduce the online art auction to Albuquerque via this platform.
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