Jennifer Eli French
When I moved back to Montana after 30 years away, I started exploring the idea that land can represent time and memory, and my work became about the concept of ‘home’. Having moved around so much in my childhood, it’s an idea that has always been illusive to me. I feel a strong sense of belonging here, partially because of my family’s history, and also due to sense memories from my childhood, especially of my family's ranch on Red Lodge Creek. The land there is scattered with old farm equipment, sheds, animal bones, homestead cabins and other abandoned and decaying relics. My skulls, many of which were collected there, pay tribute to that place, while celebrating the beauty and intricacy of bones. I'm interested in combining iconic 'western' imagery with symbolism that is part of my personal vocabulary, in order to elicit new meanings and associations.