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Jenna Gribbon

Hunter College

A Young Woman Is Surprised to Find Herself in a Painting of Lee Miller
oil on linen


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

In this painting, I was thinking about how young artists encounter representations of women artists from the past. I was also thinking about the viewer’s relationship to the muse, and in this case, about how Lee Miller’s artistic identity was subsumed by her role as muse.

How do you describe your work and practice?

The implications of looking and of how we represent our subjects and ourselves are central concerns in my paintings, which stylistically shapeshift to telescope through time and space and reframe their questions as alternately personal and historical.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

I was excited by the idea of my work being seen by the impressive panel of curator and judges and by audiences across the country.

What are you currently working on?

Borrowing from the literary construct of the first person omniscient narration in autofiction, I am currently creating paintings that explore intimacy and access using autobiographical experience as raw material to construct a narrative and render my own “gaze.”