Jen Worden is a self-taught mixed-media assemblage artist who makes Wentzell Lake, Nova Scotia, her home and hive of creativity. Using a rich array of materials – including vintage images, paint, plaster, encaustic medium, and natural and found objects – she tells her stories of connection, love, and longing in richly layered two- and three-dimensional works.

Art has been a lifelong passion for Jen. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the ’80s, took watercolour classes during her child rearing years, and discovered mail art and book art at the dawn of the internet. But it wasn’t until the end of a successful web design career that she returned to tactile versus digital art. From book art to mixed media to assemblage to metal, each new medium has informed the next, allowing for the giant melting pot – material mosaic? – now used in her work.

Jen, her husband, Tom, and two little monkeys (aka Jack Russell terriers Stella and Scout) live lakeside in a self-designed home, surrounded by nature. This setting not only inspires her creations but also provides endless materials to play with.
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