I am a studio photographer effecting transformations of humble materials intended to conserve, conceal or fix (foams, foils, safety glass, silver leaf, aluminum paints, and tools of photography).
Each material is rendered through multiple and varied photographic processes – analog, digital, experimental, moving and still – to reveal and re-imagine the unseen through dramatic shifts in scale and sympathetic manipulation of each material’s sensitivity to light. In my studio and darkroom, a plain, crumpled piece of foil or ordinary piece of packaging foam yields mysterious electric worlds or shifting landscapes of movement evocative of the processes that make them visible.
Jennifer Brandon lives and works in San Francisco, CA. In 2007, she received her MFA at Mills College, preceded by an MA in 2005 and BA in 2004 in Art with an emphasis in painting at California State University, Northridge, as well as a BA in 1997 in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Brandon's work has been shown at Bay Area venues including Mills College Art Museum, SF Camerawork, Headlands Center for the Arts, Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and Stephen Wirtz Gallery. Residencies, awards and fellowships include The Rayko Artist in Residence, The Herringer Prize for Excellence in Studio Art and The Catherine Morgan Trefethen Fellowship in Art. Brandon currently teaches at Mills College, and has taught at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, De Anza College and UC Berkeley.