Jenny Wu ’12 was recently noted in The Washington Post for being a featured artist in an exhibition titled, “Alchemical Vessels,” which was held at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C.
The annual exhibit showcases 125 artists who transform ceramic bowls “by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, open community, a circle of care, sacred space, nourishment, and even the alchemical vessel,” according to the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.
Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post writes, “When is a bowl not a bowl? When Foon Sham shrouds it in cedar slats, Pat Goslee wraps it in pastel elastic bands, or Jenny Wu, emulating Ai Wei Wei, lets it crash to the floor.” The ceramic bowls represent the creation of a space where healing can take place, highlighting the Smith Center’s mission of therapy through art. Wu’s piece was on display through May 22.
After graduating summa cum laude from HWS with a degree in architectural studies and studio art, Wu traveled the U.S. doing artist residencies. In May, Wu received her MFA from American University.
At the Colleges, Wu showcased her work in New York City at Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc. in a show “One to One: Celebrating 100 Years of the Chautauqua School of Art.” Her senior year, Wu opened her first solo show at the Colleges’ Houghton House as part of an independent study. Wu also completed an Honors project, which was featured locally during a downtown Geneva art show, titled “9: Nine, Honors Project Exhibition.”
On campus, Wu was a member of the International Student Association, the Chinese Culture Club, the photography lab mentor, a student photographer for the Office of Communications and the artist assistant for the Three Dimensional Design class. She had an internship in 2011 at Miles and May Furniture Works in Geneva, and studied abroad in Rome, Italy.
Though Wu focused on painting landscapes while at the Colleges, she has shifted her art to construct approachable and interactive installations, which she considers to be “playgrounds for grown-ups.”
To learn more about Wu’s work, visit: www.jennywuart.com.