b. 1962 New Orleans, LA
Resides in New Orleans, La
Jennifer Odem is a New Orleans based artist with a specific focus on investigations in sculpture, drawing and site-specific work. Odem’s most recent projects combine the environmental and social aspects of both natural and domestic elements. Motivated by geologic formations, architecture, textiles and found materials, the work explores issues of landscape and home. While factors such as weight, volume, and materiality resonate within the sculptures, there is an underlying element of absurdity and contradiction that speaks to gender issues, human relationships, and our connection to the environment.
Odem’s recent solo exhibitions include, “Map and Territory, Sternsstudio in Vienna, Austria (2016), “Falling From Sleep” at 511 Gallery, NY, Interpretations: House and Universe, Sculpture and Drawing at Carroll Gallery and "A Discourse in Abstraction: Jennifer Odem and NOMAs Permanent Collection." New Orleans Museum of Art, curated by Miranda Lash. Other recent exhibitions include, Paper Route 66 at BravinLee Programs, NY, “A Building With A View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture curated by Andrea Andersson, Ph.D., The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Louisiana Contemporary Artists, LSU Museum of Art.
Odem has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout the United States and Europe, including projects in Vienna, Austria, Dublin, Ireland, London, England, and The Center for Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, Poland. Odem has also been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Joan Mitchell Foundations New Orleans Career Opportunity Grant in 2009, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, grant and residency, Silver Circle Sculpture Award, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Honoree. Her artwork has been featured and included in many publications including Sculpture Magazine, ARTnews, Frieze Magazine and Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty, written by William L. Fox and published by University of Nevada Press. This summer Odem will be working in the 7th Ward of New Orleans on a site-specific, public work which has been funded by a 2017 Platforms Grant.