Meet the MFAs: Jennifer McClish
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 Jennifer McClish:
I construct images based on my love for graphic novels, architecture and science fiction. This deviation of contrasting themes coalesce together within a fictional sphere and yield a stimulus I’ve gravitated towards. The existence of extremely genuine depictions in graphic novels play a primary role. These “pretty pictures” or comic strip can explain an immensely problematic, and sophisticated tale within the scope of one or two comic strips. This clarity and modesty is something I find comforting and is ubiquitous in both the people and paintings I enjoy. I select narratives from my youth, nature, and Sci Fi channel which alleviate all pretentious thoughts to focus on the joy of a comic strip. With science fiction and pop culture giving me a starting point, I will engineer a drawing, and then abstract out it’s architecture with paint. The chemistry of the paint creates a more authentic being; slurred with imperfection and decay, yet retaining its humanity as a joyful figurative painting.