“My core drive as an artist is to encourage intuitive intelligence. I aim to subvert language and interpretation in order to emphasize direct experience,” Jen Aitken.
Over the last several years, Jen Aitken has developed a restricted geometric vocabulary and built up a personal visual lexicon. Aitken’s language, while having been drawn from her firsthand experience of the everyday built environment, is rigorously resistant to definitive reference.
A body of defiantly independent, persistently ambiguous and captivatingly idiosyncratic objects is the consequence of such rigour of intent. Around these works - in the absence of any overt particularities of reference - the profound meaning and value of experience is allowed to develop and accumulate.
Born in 1985, in Edmonton, AB, Canada, Aitken received an BFA in 2010 from Emily Carr University and an MFA in 2014 from the University of Guelph. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kaloune, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, and Numa, Battat Contemporary, Montreal. Her work has been featured in group shows at Kamloops Art Gallery, Diaz Contemporary, Hamilton Artists Inc, and the Richmond Art Gallery. Aitken is the 2017 recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Emerging Visual Artist Award. In the spring of 2018 she will be in residency for a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT, USA. Aitken is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.