Having spent every summer of her life on the edge of Cape Cod Bay, Jennifer Day’s reach is never far from the ocean, literally and figuratively. Like most artists, she has made art from the beginning, whether prints, illustrations, miniature furniture, and more recently, scale models of primitive industries. Yet she has always come back to painting, and to water.
Jennifer was educated at Bowdoin College, the University of Lancaster, England, and Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She earned her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 under the mentorship of Neil Welliver. Day has taught art and cultural studies at St. George’s School, Newport, RI, at Philips Academy, Andover, MAm and as an assistant professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.
Major exhibitions include Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, Cotuit Center for the Arts, and Agora Gallery, New York City. Her work is collected as far east as Venice, Italy, as far west as California, and in many states in between.
I think of my work as a traveling experience. There is a destination, a vision, and I follow a path similar to a science experiment. For a constant, I normally use one chroma, lamp or mars black on a white gessoed panel, and work the surface over with paper towels and brushes to remove the paint, thus revealing the white, or the light, below. For a variable, I allow the marks to run free, picking up on the imperfections of the gessoed surface and the serendipitous nature of water. The resulting image ends up in a discovered “place”. If I haven’t been there before, it will have been worth my while.