Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Jenifer Wightman

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2006

Jenifer Wightman is an interdisciplinary artist who began making science-based art in 2002. Her work employs scientific tropes to incite curiosity about ecological phenomena. She is interested in poetically articulating the incongruities between our current economic growth paradigm (conceptually unlimited) and our emerging notion of sustainability (limited by finite resources). She creates experiences for viewers to observe and reflect on biophysical transitions as finite materials cycle between a figure and its field. When not making art, Wightman is a research specialist at Cornell University working on greenhouse gas inventories of agricultural and alternative energy systems.



Jenifer Wightman worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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