Jennifer Ament (jenniferament.com) creates linocut prints and encaustic paintings in Seattle, WA. After receiving her BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 1995, Jennifer continued her art education at the Gage Academy of Arts and the Pratt Fine Arts Center.
She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the West Coast, including; Velocity Art & Design, Gage Academy of Art, The Vera Project, West Elm, Starbucks, Maker/Agent and Maison Luxe. Ament also has permanent collections at SeaTac airport, in luxury high rise condominium buildings and notable restaurants throughout Seattle, WA.
What drives your artistic practice? What gets you into the studio?
I’m always inspired by something, whether it’s a color, shape, or texture I see in my daily life. When I come across something that inspires me, or something I can’t stop thinking about I immediately want to get into the studio to start working. Once I’m in the studio I can become obsessed with playing around with new color palettes or newer techniques and that pushes me to start get into the studio and work endlessly.
How did you choose your medium? What medium are you currently working in? Has this changed?
I took probably twenty different art classes over the years and I really made a connection with Encaustic painting, oil painting, and printmaking. I’m currently working in Encaustic painting and printmaking.
Who are your creative heroes? And why?
So many but a few are Louise Bougeois, Raymond Pettibon, Dorothy Iannone, Mamma Andersson, R. Crumb, Marlene Dumas, Marcel Dzama. They all were ground breakers in their medium.
If you could own a work of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?
I would love the original large scale Raymond Pettibon piece that he did for Sonic Youth’s album cover in 1991.
Describe a single habit/behavior/action/work ethic that you strongly believe contributes to your success.
What is one question you want to be asked about your work?
Yes! People don’t realize how much work and how much time artist spend working on pieces, so I think I’d like the question to be “wow it only took you three months to finish that; it looks like it took three years!”
- Juicebox (Seattle, WA)
- Future Regrets Maison Luxe (Seattle, WA)
- Maker/Agent (Seattle, WA)
- Far 4 (Seattle, WA)
- Starbucks Local Artist (Seattle, WA)
- 2013 Best of Gage, Gage Academy of Art (Seattle, WA)
- 2011 Best of Gage, Gage Academy of Art (Seattle, WA)
- Honest, The Vera Project (Seattle, WA)
- Pike Motorworks Bldg. (Seattle, WA)
- Seatac Airport – International Terminal A Starbucks (Seattle, WA)
- Insignia Luxury Towers (Seattle, WA)
- Spruce (Seattle, WA)
- Tallulah’s (Seattle, WA)