2021 Spring Exhibition > Jordann McKenna

I am often inspired by my surroundings and my experiences in those spaces. Time is not linear and our experiences in spaces influence energy and it becomes a cycle. My art also serves as a personal documentation of my time and possessions. I always collect things and memories, whether they be my own or from others. Including but not limited to any scrap of paper, receipts, snapping photos of any place I want to remember, picking up objects on walks, and finding thrifted or abandoned items. The largest influence on my art would be the landscapes of the Southern Tier in New York. The Finger Lakes were carved by a glacier that as it retreated the water flowed out of the lakes to carve beautiful gorges and streams that I now walk along today. A lot of my time growing up was spent among waterfalls and continuing forests and my curiosity still longs to explore even more.

My paintings and collages are inspired by my own memory of places I have visited. My work often combines landscapes and confronts the feeling of longing and missing places that aren’t home. These new landscapes are created by layering photos of places I have been to make a new environment. Each photo is selected based off of a memory or feeling associated with that place and then places with an opposing thought or environment. I use mediums such as oil paint and watercolors because they easily lend themselves to layering and building up the paint. Often, I am overwhelmed with thoughts and processing my surroundings and the physical distance. I examine my own thoughts and feelings through what I make when words do not come as easily.

I find myself drawn to many mediums and I am always eager to learn more. Primarily, I focus on painting, printmaking, and ceramics. I have recently have discovered the world of jewelry and metal making after starting a collection of beach glass from Cayuga Lake. This has been a great way for me to explore the relationship between materials and location in my work through these pieces of glass. I have been able to make and sell jewelry that resonates with people based off of a location. This has been an important development in my work that reflects a strong relationship with my surroundings.

If you would like to inquire about any of these pieces please contact me at jordann.k.mckenna@gmail.com

Along the Shore Line
digital collage
11" x 17"
2021
Silver Rings
sterling silver and Cayuga Lake beach glass
0.75" diameter
2021
Shore Line Memories
copper and beach glass
12" chain
2021
Collector
arranged Cayuga Lake beach glass
5" x 5"
2021
Target Parking Lot
digital collage on somerset paper with acrylic paint
18" x 24"
2020
Data from Buffalo
digital collage
8.5" x 11"
2021
Family Documents
digital collage
8.5" x 11"
2021
Record Keeping
digital collage
8.5" x 11"
2021
Mass
oil on canvas
18" x 24"
2020
Park Street
oil on canvas
24" x 36"
2020
Backyard
oil on canvas
24" x 36"
2020