ARTIST STATEMENT

Jen Roy received a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2005. Over the years, her work has dealt with varying concepts: the illustration and exploration of ideals; simple moments capturing some of life's greatest feelings; and even the American Dream. Her photographs often strive to capture objects, places, or feelings through rose-colored glasses. Roy also steps back to explore where her ideologies have come from, often reflecting back on her childhood, filled with a strong extended family life, lots of humor, and finding comfort in simple things.

In addition to capturing specific moments in her own life, she often turns to imagery from movies and magazines as a source of influence for a body of her work. Having grown up with movies being a central part of family bonding time, she learned to adopt a romanticized view of life, as often portrayed in Disney and Hollywood films, or even the glossy magazines she spent hours pouring over as a young woman. Using the method of re-photography, she recaptures specific moments or pieces of these mediums in an attempt to reference the impact they have on people’s perception of what is considered ideal.

Roy wears many hats as an artist, using photography, design, and printmaking in order to further explore the concepts of her work. In a series of wallpaper patterns that she designed, Roy deconstructed product advertisements from popular women’s magazines and re-built abstract, repetitive patterns in almost an obsessive manner in order to further explore the effect ads have on their viewers. While the wallpaper designs directly reference the original product ads, the wallpaper becomes its own product, continuing the cycle of consumer enticement and the effect these commodities have on people.