Jann Nunn’s artwork primarily takes the form of sculpture, large-scale sculptural installations, and works on paper engendering both conceptual and poetic sensibilities. Copious research and gut instinct- a marriage of head and heart- inform the decisions in each of my site-related, site-specific, situation-responsive projects. Not unlike words in a poem, material selection along with scale and presentation become greater than the sum of their often-unrelated parts.
Every aspect and implication of material usage is carefully considered and specifically relates to the work’s content and context. I am comfortable using a variety of materials including welded steel and stainless steel, cast bronze, glass, lead, fiberglass, paper and wood. I’ve held a life-long penchant for repurposed materials. Frequently disparate materials are employed in a single work to accentuate duality, tension or evoke multifarious interpretations. I leave no stone unturned in my quest to symbolically convey personal, political or spiritual manifestations with authenticity and relevance.
The driving force behind Nunn’s work resides in conjoining idea and aesthetic. It is often described as a draw-you-in kind of beautiful. It embodies a strong physical presence with carefully considered and often laborious craft, yet the ideas remain paramount.
Nunn has exhibited her work, lectured and held residencies nationally and internationally since 1987. Nunn has a BFA degree from University of Alaska Anchorage, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, earned an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is a Professor of Sculpture at Sonoma State University.
Ladies Bag- Spring Collection is on view at ZSCA and a series of cement castings of used women’s purses.
I began casting purses in cement in the mid-1990’s when the primary focus of my work was centered on issues dealing with gender equality. The handbag signifies the weight that many women carry in our quest for fashion as well as function. Here, cast in cement, the weight is physical as well as metaphorical.
Some of our most prized possessions, secret things or intimate objects are kept in our purses- along with our money, credit cards and more practical items. Often dangling freely from our bodies or left on backs of chairs in public places, our bags expose our vulnerability and express our sense of trust. Jann Nunn