By transforming familiar objects into nature-inspired forms and patterns, I examine how we classify the world around us. Manufactured goods appear as natural objects, something functional becomes something decorative, a simple material is made complex, and the commonplace becomes unique. In changing books into fossilized remnants of our culture, or in arranging elegantly sliced PVC pipes to suggest ripple and wave patterns, I create a connection between the man-made and the natural.

Jessica Drenk was raised in Montana, and is based in Clemson, South Carolina. In Montana, she developed an appreciation for nature which is a central inspiration in her work.  Tactility and texture are crucial in her sculptures and allude to the thematic elements of chaos and beauty, which are derived from simple materials. Her art is influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world.

Above all, she does marvelous things with blocks of laminated No. 2 pencils and an electric sander. This beautiful and intriguing series is titled, Implements.


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