This series focuses on sculptures I  have created using a process I call beadwork assemblage.  I combine found objects with labor intensive beadwork techniques in order to comment on ideas about time, cognitive process, and utility. I am interested in the body's response to hand tools and hand skills, as well as the place of both of these in our present culture. These works allude to a psychological, rather than a practical, utility and as such, reflect my dual career as an artist and a clinical counselor.  My object making is a medial practice, informed by themes of impulse, grasp, repetition, and ritual.

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Detachment Device

© Jennifer Whitten photo credit Al Fuchs