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Lady JennD Artist Bio

Lady JennD is a working artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lady JennD Artist Bio


Jennifer DeSantis is a self-taught mixed media collage artist that you may know by her moniker, “LadyJennD”. She was born and raised in Waterbury CT, where as a child she always loved creating and dabbling in art! She relocated to Georgia in 1996 with her family, and in late Summer of 2009, began pursuing the mixed media collage artform. Fast forward to today, in Albuquerque New Mexico, where LadyJenn continues on her artistic path, creating dreamscapes of collage and paint, while managing a small nonprofit gallery in downtown Albuquerque.

The creation of art has always been a form of self -therapy for Jennifer. Her process of creating mixed media collage has always been a form of creation out of destruction. By taking images and texts from 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 is a “Visual DJ”, remixing images and words.

The goal of Jennifer’s art is to pull the viewer into the piece, making them want to grasp and explore it, and hopefully to find some kind of inner healing. Jennifer believes that the purpose of creating art is first and foremost, to add beauty to the world in which we live. How does this kind of beauty transcend? To LadyJenn - it is not only a physical aesthetic, but something bigger - something intangible - like beauty through inspiration, provocation, humor, and ultimately as stated before, healing.  She is inspired by vintage imagery, patterns, textures, and the juxtaposition of those elements, as well as intuitive color blending. Many of my pieces reflect the oddities contained in the philosophic subconscious and have deep meanings she hopes resonates with the you. Her art comes from her mind, heart, and soul simultaneously.

Jennifer has had several solo shows in Atlanta GA and Albuquerque NM, as well as curated and participated in a myriad of group exhibits, both juried and not.

She has had work published in Rene Rongen’s Book, “Fundamentally Female” in 2012.

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 possible.    

She loves participating consistently in various online auctions on social media.

Jennifer’s work was selected to accompany poetry in “Love Lost”, a book of Poetry by Jennifer Anne Greene, in 2020. 

You can find her work on social media here.

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Inspiration

I am inspired by vintage imagery and text! I love the smell of old publications, the feel of the worn, thin, different textured papers, the saturation in the color (especially technicolor), as well as the mood of black and white photos. It is a joy and challenge to remix and repurpose vintage materials into something new and meaningful in the collages.

Techniques

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.

career highlights

- 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.

Publications
- 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, and continued work managing the OT Circus non profit gallery in Albuquerque NM.
- 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 platform to Albuquerque via this platform.



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