JENNIFER POBURAN

"Our human nature to push boundaries to ‘encounter’ our environment is the source which drives this new work. "
ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Looking to either vast or intimate spaces in our environment, there is continual movement.  Nothing stands still, even if change seems slow, it is always occurring.  My work has developed into a study and reflection around the idea of natural change.  I am now representing these ideas on a smaller scale by observing delicate movements such as roots growing through soil, seeds spreading through the wind, and earth stretching and breathing with our seasonal freeze and thaw.  Initially, my work examined larger man-made changes that were and still are occurring at my family farm.  However now as my focus is evolving; I am compelled to explore the smaller, more intimate shifts in the places I visit. My interests are moving towards the exploration of natural growth and decay that I see while hiking through the Rocky Mountains.  Hiking has become an integral part to exploring these ideas; within as little as two hours on a trail the climate can shift substantially. The day begins with a walk in a t-shirt and shorts, through tall trees and bushes, and before long the path is transformed into a snowy summit and I am bundled in my winter jacket.  Our human nature to push boundaries to ‘encounter’ our environment is the source which drives this new work.  In 2014, I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, in which I aim to produce a body of work reacting to the five climates encountered on a seven day hike. I am eager to further my explorations by examining the changes that occur through this journey.  Through my process of adding and taking away I aim to develop a portfolio that reflects this movement.