Jenny Zeller puts photographs on surfaces where you don’t expect to find photographs. It can be a challenge to try to synthesize one artist’s work down to a few words, but that is a reasonable thumbnail description of what Zeller has been up to recently.
Like many photographers and printmakers, the particulars of process help define the work, as Zeller explains in her artist’s statement: “Currently I explore the world of digital photographic transfer techniques reminiscent of alternative photographic processes. By printing onto specially coated transfer film, my images are released onto a variety of substrates with the help of custom- made transfer mediums. My latest body of work focused on the transferring of images to aluminum substrates.”
When asked to cite artist who have influenced her, Zeller names others who have pushed the traditional boundaries of their chosen medium, photography and otherwise: Genesis P-Orridge, Doug and Mike Starn, Sally Mann, Robert Rauschenberg, Francesca Woodman and Bonny Pierce Lhotka. “I am inspired by new experiences, iterates Zeller, “the natural world and personal environment with a predisposition for darker imagery.”
In addition to teaching workshops with the Louisville Photo Biennial this past fall, she also worked with Louisville Visual Art and their Open Doors program at Home of The Innocents. “During the Photo Time Machine Workshop I took students through the history of photography working with cyanotypes, Polaroids, disposal and digital cameras, as well as image transfers. I was just in Key West where I taught a 2–day Digital Image Transfer and Mix Media workshop at The Studios of Key West, and I am in the planning stages of offering workshops like this in Louisville.”
Zeller most recently had a solo exhibition entitled Luminiferous: Adventures in Metal, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She was also recently a featured artist in Wildlands Art & Music: A Pine Mountain Collective Group Show, Friday April 8th, at The Grand Reserve in Lexington, KY. In 2015 Kentucky Natural Lands Trust hosted artists’ retreats on Pine Mountain, a 125 mile forested ridgeline in far southeastern Kentucky. The retreats were aimed at engaging artists in the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor project.