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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

JENEE N. MATEER

JENEE N. MATEER

Artist Work

Venus
2005
digital image
30" x 20"
Slipper
2004
archival inkjet from color negative
12" x 18"
Big Bad Wolf
2005
digital image
45" x 21.5"
Runes
2006
plaster, wax, digital images
10 x 10'
Pharmakon, installation view
2006
photography and mixed media
Garden 10 x 10', She-skin, 4' x 10', multiple 12" x 18"
Beet (Beta vulgaris)
2006
archival inkjet from color negative
25" x 38"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I see my work as a meditation on issues of gender, desire, identity and the complexities of language (communication). Inspired by the philosophy of Wittgenstein and Bachelard, influenced by images from popular culture, art history, advertising and various books on science, number and communication theory, electronics and computers, I combine and re-combine images in search of an answer, illusive as Alice’s white rabbit, to questions about responsibility, choice, chance, fate and man’s place in the chaotic and complex universe. My interest is in creating a space where definitions slip and images transform. My most recent body of work speaks in part to ideas about the body and intimacy. At times grotesque or surreal, these images suggest not only my interest in the domestic and the alchemical but also to my thoughts about the loss of innocence and the acquisition of knowledge and enlightenment. Although originally seen as straight photographs, many of the images in this last body of work have found their way into various collage and multi media pieces where the use of multiple images in conjunction with material such as wax, plaster and resin allows for a more complex layering of visual information. Jenee Mateer

Artist Bio

Jenee Mateer recently moved from Providence Rhode Island to Baltimore Maryland. She holds an MFA in photography and video from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Currently, she teaches photography, video and digital media at Towson State University. She has also worked as a commercial video editor for Spot Video and Providence Pictures and as the Gallery Director for the Community College of Rhode Island. Many of her images are created through a process of layering of both original photographs and appropriated images. Recent work has also included video installation and work with mixed media materials such as plaster and wax. Through these processes, she explores issues of desire, identity, gender and the complexity of language.