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 most consistent one being the illustration and exploration of ideals. Her photographs often portray single moments in time that capture some of life’s greatest feelings or idealized notions. In trying to record images through rose-colored glasses, Roy also steps back to explore where her ideologies have come from. In addition to capturing specific moments in her own life, she often turns to imagery from movies and magazines as a source of influence about how life should be. 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 somewhat romanticized notions 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.
Roy’s most recent work continues to reflect the concept of ideals, but in a different manner. As a photographer, she strives to capture places that portray the ideals of America. Some of these are places that are somehow frozen in time, national parks preserved by the American government; others, portraits of paradisaical settings, or even still, places that symbolize the gateway to the American dream.