A graduate of Mass College of Art in metal smithing, artist Jennifer Trask went on to receive her MFA from SUNY New Paltz. Today this Hudson Valley resident is an acclaimed artist, whose work graces many a museum throughout the country.
Similar to the Dutch tradition of Vanitas, Trask employs found materials – bone, wood and antlers – to suggest the transience of life. But to my mind she takes it to a whole new level.
In Trask’s pieces, opulent laced curls and undulating vines, often gilded and lavish, conjure the decadence of the Baroque. So lush and lovely, their seductive allure beseeches you to reach out and touch their wild displays. And yet to do so would render them dust running through your fingers. So delicate are they, these precarious bones. Not living at all, they are utterly dead. The paradox is achingly exquisite.