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Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer G. Thompson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, grew up in the hospitable state of Mississippi, and acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with emphasis in painting from Ole Miss. This artist and designer’s passion is found in the act of creating. In 2020, amidst the stress of the pandemic, Jennifer obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from Texas A&M Commerce. Following graduation she was an artist in residence at The Printing Museum in Houston, Texas in 2021. She is now an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Printmaking at Cameron University. For the summer of 2022, you can find her residing at a historic home in Navasota, Texas, beginning a new body of work.

Headshot of Jennifer Thompson standing in front of a black and white, floral patterned wall.

Artist Statement:

“Life experience is what shapes my journey as an artist and designer. My creative practice is done with a narrative context in mind. The telling of a story has been used for centuries to convey a message, concept, lesson, or idea. Our lives are all intertwined through the stories and woven fabric of life. A single thread, strand, or fiber is presented to unify elements in a work of art, whether tangible or intangible. Found objects, textures, words, and images build a sense of history, authenticity, and objectivity throughout each print, collage, or stitch.

Our visual culture has been placed before us through photos, billboards, magazines, colors, shapes, and symbols. Throughout most of the 20th century, depictions of food, clothing, customs, and every aspect of daily life were publicized in magazines providing a visual context of American culture. “Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and a million other things,” said Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. The arts have played an essential role in American culture and bridge the gap between differences to find common ground where words have failed. My artistic inspiration grows within this shared American culture by delving into my creative process and aiming at the possibility to communicate change.”