Boo and Finni, CO (Jen Arnold and Just Emerson)

Biography

Emerson, is a mixed media artist with a focus in curiosity and is one half of Boo&Finni, which is a collaborative artistic duo that makes functional kitschy ceramics.

Emerson received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA. and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 2014 Emerson was awarded with the New York Foundation for the Arts Thayer Fellowship in the category of visual arts. Following graduate school Emerson was accepted to be a sculpture resident at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Colorado. Since then he has continued to pursue a full time studio art practice at the Studio for Arts and Works in Carbondale Colorado with representation at Harvey Preston Gallery and Skye gallery Aspen.

Jennifer is a figurative ceramic sculptor and one half of Boo&Finni, which is a collaborative artistic duo that makes functional kitschy pots. Jen received her BFA from Penn State University, a year long post bach at Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. After graduate school Jennifer attended a residency in Beijing, China at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Following her education Jen searched for a place to live that encapsulated her favorite things about her time in school, as well as the type of community that comes with living in a small but connected town. This led her to Carbondale Colorado, where she became a part of the Studio for Arts and Work and is currently a resident artist at the Carbondale Clay Center.

Artist Statement – Jennifer Arnold

The main subject of my face and figure fascinations are based in self reflection of body image and aging. Girlhood, womanhood and family bonds are the center of these ideas. My timeline of memory has moments that haunt me, from being a little girl to adulthood. Grounding these impressions helps me be vulnerable and thoughtful in life.

When making, I simply coil build larger figures, busts and functional vessels. Using clay lets me physically revisit a memory or person. Oftentimes candles are placed on body parts or around forms to focus attention to details as a way of tribute.

Ceramics and candles are great representations of time. I use them both to symbolize how a memory dwindles away after a couple of hours, while another is forever lasting.

Sharing content that’s behind a piece is intimidating, especially if it’s personal. My goal is to overcome the fear of talking about work. The content of my work needs experience in expression and the vocal exercise of vulnerability.

More information about Jennifer can be found at: jennysartwork.com

Artist Statement- Just Emerson

The modern world is a manic child; noisy, demanding and ceaselessly waving its arms to get your attention. That manic child has grown up and given birth to me. 

As a product of this environment, I feel it is my responsibility to develop and solve a new problem for myself and the people around me every day.

We go through our entire childhood, into adult years, being tested in order to prepare and educate ourselves for the unexpected challenging situations that await. Now, I intend on giving people something they were not asked to consider before. Making artwork is a practice that gives artists permission to visually communicate the obstacles they have experienced or observed throughout their lives in a safe environment. I love art because we will never truly be able to understand or define it and it will always be there. I believe that anything written or explained about the art itself is just a mysterious conversation waiting to be reimagined by someone else. 

More information about Emerson can be found at: justemerson.com