Jenn Houle is a visual artist and native New Englander. She has held artist residencies in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Vermont Studio Center, and the Plumbing Museum. Ms. Houle is a grant recipient from the Puffin Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cornell Council for the Arts, Einaudi Foundation, and John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture. Select exhibits include ‘Meteors are space eggs’ (a solo show at UMASS Amherst), ‘Searching for Life’ at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, and ‘Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co+Exist’ at RISD.
Jenn recently completed a mind-bending research trip to the sites of prehistoric cave art in southern France where she connected with our earliest roots of art-making. She also curates rotating art exhibits at her family’s brewery, BareWolf Brewing, as well as for other institutions.
Using the language of paint and installation Houle folds beauty and darkness into visually complex and contemplative spaces where things may not be quite as they seem. The spectrum between natural and man-made is explored throughout her work. She offers a playful, earnest and personal reflection of our interconnectedness as homo sapiens to fellow green, furry and living beings on this fragile blue planet.
Jenn’s public art projects raise awareness around environmental concerns. This began with ‘Featherlight: Foul Falls’ at Ithaca Falls (a former Brownfield site due to Ithaca Gun Co.’s manufacturing process and coincidentally the site of Hans Haacke’s ‘Spray of Ithaca Falls: Freezing and Melting on Rope’). Currently she is finishing a new collaborative piece highlighting a brook restoration project at the Mary Dennison Park along with the Framingham Department of Public Works, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program, OARS and Framingham Boys & Girls Club.
About her work D. Dominick Lombardi writes “Thankfully, Houle’s art reminds us that we share the world with all living things on our tiny blue dot in the sky. The energy she paints with, the expressiveness of her techniques and the boldness of her subjects brings us closer to nature, while her ability to abstract reality, her presentation of alternating ‘facts’ can pull us back into a time and place where the sense of a universal state, a cosmic state of being in an incomprehensibly vast universe can overwhelm us.”
Education: B.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2007; M.F.A., Cornell University, 2015
View her work at: www.jennhoule.com