Mixed Media Artist

J J Worden

I Need to Make Things Even if Nobody Cares

Art(for sale)

Journeys We Take To Get Back Home


This series,"Journeys We Take to Get Back Home", is both literal and metaphorical.
It has me thinking about all the reasons we travel away ...from what we know, where we feel safe... to stretch our boundaries. Maybe learn new things. Definitely to see and experience what is different. Sometimes at the cost of losing what is familiar. And why this process isn't complete until we go BACK home... to process, to integrate... or maybe just to say we've done it.

There are currently 4 pieces in this series. I suspect there may eventually be more.

Another Rainy Day in Asheville


21w x 18 1/2h x 1 3/4d"
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo, acrylic, beeswax medium

When These Alien Landscapes Feel Like Home


291/4w x 11h x 1 3/4d"
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo, acrylic, beeswax medium

Barney, is that you?



20 3/4w x 18 1/2h x 1 3/4d"
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo, acrylic, beeswax medium

Reno


16 1/4w x 20h x 1 3/4d"
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo, pouring medium, acrylic, beeswax medium

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Repurposers Show


On at Argyle Fine Art Gallery 

1559 Barrington Street, Unit 102
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1Z7
902.425.9456


The Re-Purposers

On Display in the Lower Gallery

We're excited to present an art show featuring works by a variety of artists that use re-purposed and re-cycled materials as they main materials in their art making. They are literally turning garbage into art!

Pariticipating artists include" LoHiFi Productions, Zanahoy, Susan Slade, Jen Worden, Kevin McLean, Ed Beals, Kim Danio, William Rudolph, Trista Hanam, Allison Pinsent-Baker

View the Show Online

A Parallel Life


It took me quite awhile to figure out what I saw in this photo, something I'd saved from a magazine and stashed in my collage drawer. Date unknown. I kept coming back to that spindly aerial, something from a by-gone era, a time before. Which got me thinking about time in general, parallel lives more specifically and my Muse ran with it.

A Parallel Life

16"w x 14"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, image transfer, acrylic paint, wax medium

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On the Road


This  was a revisit to "orange and black". Individually strong colours but that in-betweeny mix? Pure Magic. The image was a left-over from the Conversations series. Hwy#2 through New England has many happy childhood memories as well as recent ones ...Tom and I travelled from Washington State across the US following #2. The 302 is a short diversion off it that heads south to Portland. It reminds me of freedom from routine, hot sun, stuffy cabins, warm pine and diner meals. The very best parts of a road trip!

On The Road

7 3/4" x 20"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, acrylic paint, wax medium

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House Up the Street



I chose 4 images before Christmas to work on in the New Year. I'd been pondering the idea of personal vs generic imagery and decide "Houses" would yield both. As it turned out, for me, generic photos don't really work so they sat waiting while I figured out my connection ... my angle. This one became super personal ...the house my sister lived in after leaving home. tumultuously. an hour after she turned 18. At one point I had her face large as life on the light side. Too much. Too far. The words are from a song I would sing to her, Carly Simon's "Older Sister". I feel like I'm getting closer to that line ... personal but not so much it becomes uncomfortable for someone else to own.

House Up the Street

16"w x 14"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, acrylic paint, wax medium

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Queen of the Castle



Sometimes the very thing that hooked you on a photo ...or painting, area, house, life event... is the thing you need to let go of. Such was the case in this original photo of Tom's mom.

I love that damn dog.
Sadly. It just didn't end up working for this piece.

Sorry Pup. Another time perhaps.


Details include backward text from my daughter's calculus book which somehow (hello! Tom!) managed its way to the new house. Fitting given his mom had a Master's in Mathematics. Another bit I love is the circle texture (from sequin waste) juts through the wax. Yum!

Queen of the Castle

14 1/2"w x 11 1/4"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, acrylic paint, wax medium

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Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I'mJen Worden

Maker of Things

The little details, the subtle nuance.
How we feel, what we see and smell and hear.
The distant call of a crow.
The feel of the Spring sun on our face as we emerge from the dark, cold winter.
These are the experiences and layers that interest me.

Because everything is connected to everything.

Our stories may be different but why we tell them is the same.
To feel connected and loved.
To be heard.

Through layers of wax and plaster, paint and photographs.
With rusty nails and found objects and wire.
These are my stories.

Contact Info

JEN WORDEN
354 Sarty Road RR2 . Wentzell Lake
Nova Scotia . Canada

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