Jen Hardwick is a Seattle-based artist. She specializes in 2D and 3D art assemblage pieces using recycled materials.

                        

 Contact me: Email  redheadhardwick@gmail.com

 Contact me: Email  redheadhardwick@gmail.com

 

"These pieces are so much fun to make!" I find myself saying it all the time and it's true!

I love it when people tell me that my art makes them smile. I started making recycled assemblage pieces for my first art show in July 2011 more out of a desire to find a new way to express my creative self than from any clear artistic direction. But something with them clicked, and they soon took over my dreams and my every waking thought. I have a constant "buzz" in my head of new ideas rising to the surface and demanding attention -- maybe that explains all the bug pieces?  Sometimes I sketch my ideas out just to clear my head or I just sit down at my worktable and start putting materials together, trying to find the pieces to a puzzle that I can only see the barest outlines of.

I’m a self- taught artist and art has been a part of my life for as long as I can recall. I’ve worked in many different mediums; water colors, oil and acrylic paints, pastels, pen & ink, pencil drawings and paper. I'd always considered myself a painter, but assemblage feels much more natural to me.  The way these pieces flow out of me made me realize just how much effort I've always had to put into my other artistic endeavors and how much more joyful it is to work in this medium.

I pull ideas from every aspect of my life, but the strongest influences come from the recycled materials themselves. A shape, a color, or just the speckles of patina can be the trigger for an entire piece. A rusted bit of steel becomes a robot's arm or a bird's wing.  Typewriter striker arms become the snakes of the Medusa's hair. I love sensing the age and history of materials that have moved through time and space to end up in one of my pieces, I love breathing new life into things that have been discarded and forgotten.

I've always lived very close to my art, and feel unbelievably lucky to be able to spend so much of my time dreaming, building and creating.

 

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EXHIBITIONS

 

Solo Exhibitions

"Grand Opening Show",  Old Portland Hardware, Portland, OR/December 2012 - February 2013

3R Technology, Seattle, WA/October 2015-November 2016

 

Group Exhibitions

"Reprocessed" Belltown Community Center, Seattle, WA/October-November 2015

"Re Run Show" Avanti Art & Design Gallery, Seattle, WA/April 2014 - May 2014

"Holiday Show" Tasty Gallery, Seattle, WA/December 2013 - January 2014

"Mix & Make" Tasty Gallery, Seattle, WA/September 2013 - November 2014

"Holiday Show" Tasty Gallery, Seattle WA/December 2012 - January 2013

"Erratic Expressions" Tasty Gallery, Seattle, WA/September 2012 - November 2012

The In Arts NW Collective, Seattle, WA/December 2011

The Let Go Gallery, Port Townsend, WA/November 2011 - December 2011

"27th Annual Miniature Show" Council for the Arts, Chambersburg, PA/November 2011 - December 2011

Frank & Dunya, Seattle WA/October 2011 -  December 2011

"Dysfunctional vs. Functional" Avanti Art & Design Gallery, Seattle, WA/September 2011 - October 2011

Warren Knapp Gallery, Seattle, WA/August 2011 - January 2012

"30/30 Challenge" Avanti Art & Design Gallery, Seattle, WA/July 2011 - August 2011

 

PUBLICATIONS  

Publications about the Artist

FACES, "Polka Dot Girl," (Magazine) Fall 2015, Pages 82-87, ISSN 1551-8175.

CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS,  "Artistic Salvage," (MagazineJan/Feb 2015, Pages 76-79, ISSN 1551-8175.

Mollie Makes, "Mollie Makes Feathered Friends," (Book) Collins & Brown, June 2013, Page 67, ISBN-13: 978-1908449191. 

 

MEDIA

My Owl Barn, Featured Artisthttp://www.myowlbarn.com/2015/11/jen-hardwick-recycled-art-assemblage.html Nov 2015

Belltown Art Walk, Featured artist, http://mybelltown.com/wp/2015/10/belltown-artwalk-october-9th/ October 2015

Feel for Surreal, Blog feature, https://feelforsurreal.wordpress.com/255-2/ July 2015

beautiful.bizzarre, Photogasm, Photo featurehttps://beautifulbizarre.net/2015/05/31/photogasm-24/ May 2015

Whizkins, Blog feature, https://whizkins.com/blog/301/creative-corner-jen-hardwick-multimedia-artist-seattle/ April 2015

Can or can not?, Blog featurehttp://www.canorcanot.com/2014/12/redhardwick-recycled-and-mixed-media.html December 2014

The Daily News, Featured artist, Artists Breathe New Life Into Recycled Objects October 2014

Artizan Made, Video, http://artizanmade.com/first-artizan-made-video/ October 2014

Artizan Made, Featured artisthttp://artizanmade.com  October 2014

Artsy Shark, Featured artist, http://www.artsyshark.com/2014/09/29/featured-artist-jen-hardwick/  September 2014

Untitled Publications, Multiple photos,  http://www.untitledpublications.com/  April 2014

NW Artist Connection, Featured Artist of the Month, http://www.nwac.co/ March 2014

Revision-The Art of Recycling,  Featured Artisthttp://revisiontheartofrecycling.blogspot.ca  June 2013

Fat City Reviews, Feature 2 Photos,   March 2013                                                                                                       

http://fatcityreview.com/owl-crooked-crown-jen-hardwick/

http://fatcityreview.com/metal-medusa-jen-hardwick/                                                                   

 ArtEveryDay,  Featured Artisthttp://arteveryday2u.blogspot.com/2012/10/oct-27-et-featured-artist-jen-hardwick.html   Oct 2012                                                                                                                               

MEMBERSHIPS

ArtizanMade, http://artizanmade.com  April 2014

The International Society of Assemblage and Collage ArtistsSeptember 2013

http://collagist.org/profile/JenHardwick

NW Artist Connectionhttp://www.nwac.co/ April 2012

 

OTHER CREDITS

Rockin' RE USE Show, (Pics Only), Doll Gardner Art Gallery, Portland, OR  April 2014

 

 

 

WEBSITES/SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

http://jen-hardwick.com

http://flickr.com/photos/redheadhardwick

http://etsy.com/shop/redhardwick

http://twitter.com/redhardwick

http://facebook.com/redhardwick 

http://redhardwick.blogspot.com/ 

https://instagram.com/hardwickjen/