Jen Stark is a Miami native. Her paper sculptures have captivated the local, national and international art community. She is also a fellow New World School of the Arts alumni. Her art draws upon abstract non-representational ideas, inspired by basic concepts of nature and the laws of the universe. Make sure you read the titles of her works to get a glimpse towards her inspirations. Although, Jen Stark is most famous for her paper sculptures, my favorite piece is entitled “Trinity.” Its a 25″x25″ sculpture made of wooden dowels arranged to form a circular pyramid. The sculpture represents the spectrum of colors in three stages and view points. Each view-point presenting the viewer in a sense, a new art work. Viewing Jen Stark’s art work for the first time, might lead you to conclude that the artist is a 50 year old lady. However, Jen Stark was born in Miami, FL in 1983. And even so, her baby face appearance is more of that of a 20 year old. Yes, this local grown talent, who works, out of her Little Haiti studio, has a lot of years to offer us her creations. And the best is yet to come. Her art is an inspiration to all artists. I have always said that what makes an artist a genius is the “obsession factor.” Like Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse all had an obsession with a concept or idea that fueled their production. The art “How to become a millionaire in 100 days,”(above) proves that Jen Stark has that obsession factor. For the piece, she managed to hand cut one million scraps of paper in order to become by definition a millionaire. It took her 100 hundred days but that is quicker than most people. If you do the math that is 10,000 cuts of paper per day. Jen Stark is obsessed with paper, color and the challenge of taking paper and color to their limit. Let’s hope she stays obsessed for many years to come.
Jen Stark graduated high school from the New World School of the Arts. She then received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 where she majored in Fibers with a minor in Animation. Stark’s practice is based on the concepts of replication and infinity, her artwork echoing patterns and intelligent designs found in nature. The artist’s optically and formally baffling sculptures, animations and drawings are inspired by plants, outer space, and the theories of colour, math and science. Her creations incorporate a variety of materials which produce optically hypnotic effects not unlike traditional mandalas and sacred objects. Jen Stark has exhibited her works in various galleries around North America as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Girls’ Club Collection, FL, and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was a recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship in 2008. Stark lives and works in Miami, Fl.