Jordie Oetken is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her photographs use scale, lighting, and strategies of containment to maintain a continuous tension, asking the viewer to oscillate between their desire for calcification and the ambiguous narrative power of the image. Originally from Louisville, KY, Oetken has held residencies at the Lighthouse Works, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Vermont Studio Center. At MacDowell, she began a new project that utilizes her history in the stunt industry to both instigate and resolve situations that necessitate immediate self-protection.
Jordie Oetken worked in the Nef studio.
Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…