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Jen Clay creates elaborate installations and performances which feature non-human forms who speak to the audience through audio or sewn messages to make fear, anxiety, and uncertainty approachable. She has created performances for institutions including the Girls’ Club Collection, and Norton Museum of Art. Recent projects include “Welcome to Me and You,” a large site-specific installation at Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL. Clay was awarded the 2019 South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for her wearable works. A short segment on her practice, “Jen Clay: The Texture of Anxiety,” won a regional Emmy through South Florida PBS. Clay earned a BFA in Sculpture from UNC Charlotte and an MFA in Sculpture from UFL with a minor in applied behavior analysis and costume design. She is currently a studio resident at Oolite Arts on Lincoln Rd. in Miami Beach.

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Jen Clay

I’ll Eat You When You Least Expect It, 2021

Watercolor paper cutouts (2), bleeding tissue paper dye, ink

15” x 12”