About Jennifer Meeker

 

My Story

I am born and raised Hoosier, and I have had a passion for creating art ever since I was a child.  I received my BFAs in Ceramics and Photography from Herron College of Art and Design in 2010. Today, I hand throw, carve, and glaze all my pieces in my Indianapolis based studio, and I display and sell my work through galleries and art shows. You can find my current schedule on the home page if you want to catch me at an art fair!

 
 
 

Inspiration

I am fascinated with nature. Whether I am hiking, backpacking, camping, or just gardening, I can not get enough of the great outdoors.  My body of work all has an organic feel which is often inspired by my outdoor adventures. All my pieces also have an industrial flare to them. Near my childhood home, there was a tree that engulfed a metal object. I was absolutely amazed by this because it revealed how well nature can adapt to man made objects.

 
 
 

Artist Statement

Jennifer has always had a strong sense of imagination. As a child, she could be found outside playing in the mud or creek stomping, all while letting her imagination run wild. Thanks to some hometown recognition, including several accolades at New Palestine High School in Indiana, Jennifer felt confident that a career in art would be a good fit. After a few years at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Jennifer made the decision to focus exclusively on two mediums: ceramics and photography, eventually receiving her B.F.A in Fine Art Photography and Ceramics in 2010. She now resides at her in-home ceramic studio in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can find Jennifer at juried art festivals in nearby states during the summer or Indianapolis’ own “First Friday” events hosted each month. Additionally her work can be found in various shops throughout Indiana and local events year-round.

The major premise of Jennifer’s collection is based on the relationship between humans and nature. Her work shows a special intrigue into whether and how we humans develop, destroy and interact with nature in society. Her inspiration is curated from a commentary on naturally occurring shapes in nature that are then reworked for human purposes. Some illustrations of this interplay in Jennifer’s functional ceramic work include realistic one-of-a-kind wood grain and earthy etchings that bear a striking resemblance to the real trees and mushrooms found in nature. She demonstrates wonder for nature’s resiliency with pieces that depict, for example, a particularly defiant tree as it grows around fence pieces and nails. Much of her ceramic work includes the use of cooling towers from nuclear power plants and other industrialized tools, like plated metal, bolts, and screws. These serve to represent the human aspect of her work, as it is both juxtaposed to and contested by nature. Jennifer finds inspiration in urban sprawl and secluded wilderness. You can find her backpacking remote Colorado, or hunting for wild mushrooms on the streets of her Garfield Park neighborhood.