Jenny is a relief printmaker, writer, storyteller and restaurant worker based in Portland, Maine. Her writing centers people around her and their labor. Most recently, the working conditions in the food industry during Covid, unionizing workers at the Portland Museum of Art, and longshoremen and their union on the waterfront.
Jenny's prints illustrate nostalgic stories of food. Harvesting and nurturing, preserving and processing – her work often centers these slow and meticulous transformations. Kitchen scenes capture such moments, and the physical process of printmaking (and recently, ceramics and wreathing) mirrors it. Knives become tools of transformation, reimagining blank canvases, while visible hands suggest our own labor as crucial to the process.
Weaving these motions together, Jenny finds comfort in the repetitions of each step – carving and chopping, printing and cooking. The acts themselves are healing and regenerative, and finding content-ness in the process itself feels as important as the motions.
Jenny began printmaking in 2016 and works from her shared studio in Brunswick, ME.