Meet the MFAs: Jenna Kripal
As Blaffer prepares to open the University of Houston School of Art 38th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition on April 8 (reception 7-9 p.m.; member/VIP preview 6 p.m.), we’re highlighting artworks by each of the dozen graduating and exhibiting artists along with his or her catalog statement. Next up is Jenna Kripal:
I create anti-fairy tales. My images tell the story of my generation’s dating practices and combine an old challenge, finding love, with a new technology, the cell phone. The work narrates the complexity of these relationships, no matter how brief or non-consequential they may seem. In this work the audience follows me as I go from date to date, relationship to relationship, without ever quite getting the happy ending we are expecting. My work casts a critical eye on gender roles, courtship practices, and the influence of technology within my culture. It raises questions about the conflicting narratives about romance young people must navigate.