Jen Durbin is a sculptor, mother and business-owner based in Brooklyn, NY. Influenced by the inherently sculptural quality of the moving image, Durbin’s work is centered around iconic moments in the American memory, many in which a female figure is rendered invisible by way of violence. Her large-scale works comprised of humble materials and commonplace objects (pine, pillows, sticks, reeds, rocks, and chairs) meticulously map the movement of these figures. Durbin’s sculptures are both kinetic and combusting, offering a haunting glimpse of an attunement to that which we erase. By uncovering these forgotten frames, she is navigating territory beyond the visible - insisting that when objects cohabitate with memory, they take up a unique space.
Durbin received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, and her MFA from Yale in 2003. Durbin has exhibited in the US and abroad including selected installations at NEWD Art Fair in Brooklyn, New York and solo shows with Motus Fort Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and Capsule Gallery in NY, NY. Her recently acclaimed show 90 Moves in 9 Seconds (Art Forum Best of 2017) documents the movements of Jackie Kennedy’s infamous pink hat as she reacts to the unfolding tragedy. Durbin received Inc. Magazine’s / Clinton Foundation Entrepreneurial Fellowship for her work originating and developing The 1896, Studios & Stages in Brooklyn, NY- a series of centenarian buildings devoted to the photo, film and plastic arts.