The world is watching: one cannot walk through a meadow or forest without a ripple of report spreading out from one’s passage. The thrush darts back, the jay squalls, a beetle scuttles under the grasses, and the signal is passed along.”
—Gary Snyder, Practice of the Wild
Jean Brennan is an interdisciplinary artist who seeks site-specific opportunities for experiential learning and making. Her mediums are sculpture, installation and performance in a response to place—what we know about it, what lives there, and the built or natural features of site.
Inspired by ecology and thinkers like Donna Haraway, she considers how the poetics of visual form destabilize an anthropocentric view of the natural world. Recurring themes include a fascination with atmospheric forces, plants, phenomenology, color and the sublime. Her work takes the form of a lyrical essay loosely assembling scientific research, historical and pop culture references with personal reflection.
She has participated in both group and solo shows, nationally and internationally. In 2014, she was a jury-selected resident at The New Museum.