Jennifer Clifton

My art presents oppositions—the natural against the synthetic, the individual against the

modern hum, independence against the energy of regularity, action against thought,

self-generated female power against an inescapable yet still attractive backdrop, past

against present. My figurative 2D work—paintings and pencil drawings with

wallpaper—present subjects inspired by photos from the vaudeville era and elsewhere

in the last century, or invented, surrounded by mod wallpaper or painted patterns. Color

is unashamed, defiance is pleasure, with an edge of surreal juxtaposition. The

backgrounds suggest a struggle with an exterior but can also depict the interior energy

of the central figure—viewers can decide the balance.