Jennifer Odem is a New Orleans based artist with a specific focus on investigations in sculpture, drawing and site-specific work. Motivated by geologic formations, architecture, textiles and found materials, the work explores issues of landscape and home.. While factors such as weight, volume, and materiality resonate within the sculptures, there is an underlying element of absurdity and contradiction that speaks to gender issues, human relationships, and our connection to the environment.
Odem’s recent exhibitions include, Prospect 4: The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Map and Territory, Sterns studio in Vienna, Austria (2016), “A Building With A View” : Experiments in Architecture, curated by Andrea Andersson, Falling From Sleep at 511 Gallery in NY, and A Discourse in Abstraction: Jennifer Odem and NOMAs Permanent Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, curated by Miranda Lash. Other recent exhibitions include, Paper Route 66 at BravinLee Programs, NY,Louisiana Contemporary Artists, LSU Museum of Art.
Odem has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout the United States and Europe, including projects in Vienna, Austria, Dublin, Ireland, London, England, and The Center for Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, Poland. Odem has also been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Joan Mitchell Foundations New Orleans Career Opportunity Grant in 2009, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, grant and residency, Silver Circle Sculpture Award, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Honoree.
Her artwork has been featured in many publications including, New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Freize Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, and Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty, written by William L. Fox and published by University of Nevada Press. Following her recent sculpture installation, Rising Tables, commissioned by Prospect New Orleans, Odem continues projects combining the environmental and social aspects of both natural and domestic elements. This summer she will be developing two new site-specific works on the Mississippi River, both privately commissioned.