"Americana" at Fresno Art Museum


“Americana”
Artist’s Statement

There are many people who feel bewildered by America today. Caught between clashing waves of feminism and gender-openness on one side and nostalgia and patriarchy on the other, we do not know which way the next wind will blow. Adrift, I cast about for objects whose truth can hold me afloat. “Americana” expresses both being a female American and the objects that describe culture in America. 

These pieces are from 2 interwoven series: “A Girl’s Life” which wonders aloud about who this "girl" might be and what makes a "girl" in general. The pieces in this series explore the ambiguity of gender and attempt to paint an exuberant, complicated picture bigger than a binary system of male/female. The second series is called “Floating World.” These are objects inspired by mortality, ecology, history, and nostalgia that seem to exist in a muted world between waking and sleeping.

Together, I hope that the combination of these works shine new light on our present moment through the lens of an artist’s singular perspective of being American.

Artistry in Fiber Vol. 3: Wearable Art


by Anne Lee (Author),‎ E. Ashley Rooney (Author),‎ Susan Taber Avila (Foreword),‎ Margery Goldberg (Foreword)

"Wearable fiber art, whether in garment or jewelry form, is unique in that the human body breathes life, shape, and movement into the pieces. Be it a felted brooch or a dress made of book pages, wearable fiber art can provide personal expression unavailable from the world of mass production. In this volume of the acclaimed three-book series, comments from the makers, who discuss creating pieces that the wearer influences, are accompanied by more than 300 photos. Susan Taber Avila offers insights to what wearable art means and how fibers play into that combination, and Margery Goldberg discusses the term in relation to jewelry. The hundreds of creations here, bridging art, design, craft, and fashion, show how fiber art that relates to the human body is in a class of its own."

Art at the Margins: Hunter College


Upcoming Show:

Art at the Margins
Hunter College
Oct 5-Dec 15
New York, NY

Solo Exhibition: Fresno Art Museum July 14, 2018-January 6, 2019


"Americana" refers to artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore, and cultural heritage of the United States. It is also a latinized version of "female American."

The Creators Project: Article for Vice


"Duchamp's Urinal A Lot Funnier in Felt" Anna Marks, Feb 5, 2017

"Within this artist's collection, there are a series of sculpted pies, a urinal, a hare, and even a bloodied tampon. Each piece is made from wool and felt - traditional textiles - resulting in soft and earthy textures. The urinal appears not to be dirty, stained ceramic but a delicate art piece, and a used tampon is transformed into a thing to be admired."
 

Kimball Gallery Residency August 2015


"Jenne Giles will work with museum visitors to build a Coral Wreath from wool and other fibers using felting techniques. During the process, visitors will learn about the unique ecology of coral reefs as well as current threats posed to their survival. The final installation will illustrate the biodiversity of coral reefs. Made in colorless fibers, its bleached appearance is a symbolic call to action to prevent further loss of these precious ocean habitats."
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