Jennifer Johnson



Artist's Biography

My practice spans categories of ceramics, fibers, sculpture, video, performance and installation to create conversations about the domestic sphere. In June and July 2017 I was an artist-in-residence at Guldagergaard in Denmark, with “The Architecture of Remembering,” an exhibition about the work of Nina Hole. “Let me clear up a few things,” (2016 MFA Thesis Show, Tyler School of Art) recreated an elaborate domestic scene with thousands of handmade objects, and centered on a 9-hour video, “Puzzle,” which showed a pair of hands working on a jigsaw puzzle. “Funeral for Minimalism,” an installation at the Tyler School of Art in 2014, critiqued the Dia Beacon exhibition which made no mention of Ana Mendieta’s death in its Andre show.

Since 2012, I’ve worked out of my studio at the Crane Old School in Philadelphia, constantly relying on a varied background which includes electronics, programming, pie making, quantitative economics, dog walking and critical theory.

Artist's Statement

My work talks quietly about the underlying significance of the domestic sphere on artist production. It argues for the relevance of craft, specifically ceramics and fiber arts, by creating a conversation between the two mediums. Displaying a fascination with the way fiber marks clay, my ceramics exhibit just how subtle those marks can be.

The focus on embroidery, sites my work inside the home: behind lacy window curtains, sitting on a lap in a small frame hoop. It co-mingles the signifiers of handwork with those of precious, porcelain keepsakes – handmade and handheld – layering the embroidered fabric onto the domestic vessels. Suffused with nostalgia, the hard, finished china objects are both familiar and quite odd, carrying the curves of the cloth, and the impression of each stitch, making the abundant fecundity of the home space visible.

Selected Exhibitions

The Architecture of Remembering, Det gamle Rådhus, Skælskør, Denmark

Let me clear up a few things, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Funeral for Minimalism, Tyler Patio, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Art in the Open, Philadelphia PA

Seventy-Sixers, at NCECA, Standard Ceramics, Carnegie PA

Idle Hands, Pilot+Projects, Philadelphia, PA

Outside In, Women's Caucus for Art at Scotts Mills Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Don't Take This the Wrong Way, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

Common Inconsistencies, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: John Schlesinger

Push Block, Tyler Atrium Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

First Year Show, Walm Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Our Community, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Current Climate, Crane Gallery 105, Philadelphia, PA

Small Favors VIII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Our Community, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

POST East, Crane Old School, Philadelphia, PA

POST East, Crane Old School, Philadelphia, PA

First Year Review, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

POST East, Crane Old School, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

1996 - present
Owner, Current Designs, Inc
Co-Founded and manage a small high-tech company which makes instrumentation for medical and scientific researchers.

1986 - 1996
Editor, American Economic Review and International Economic Review

Fact Checker, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Publications


Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark


Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Ceramics

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate courses in Critical Theory

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
BA, Philosophy