This week, we shine the spotlight on Jennifer Lee Hallsey, an artist and teacher who has been an Art Rise member since September 2016.
What medium do you primarily work in?
First and foremost, I consider myself an artist and do not like to be defined by or limited to a medium. In general, I make work that references the human body. This is not limited to materials that normally are considered ‘jewelry’ and can range in scale from wearable to installation.
Additionally, I am teaching now. I love it. However, my first year has been devoted to developing projects and course content. This has left little time to work on my own studio practice. I am eager to get back to creating this summer.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by reading critical and contemporary theory. These writings sometimes reference jewelry, but often are about literature, photography, music, ideology and semiotics.
What do you love about the Savannah art scene?
I'm constantly delighted by the level of work being brought in by local galleries. Non-Fiction Gallery and Sulfur Studios, to name a couple spaces, consistently have excellent group and individual exhibitions. The themes are relevant and add to the discussion.
How is Art Rise good for you?
Art Rise is excellent for me as an artist because, though I have been teaching more than working lately, it keeps me connected to Savannah’s art scene. As an arts educator, Art Rise provides me with endless opportunities to recommend to my students and they in turn become more invested in local art and the community as a whole.