Jann Nunn visual artist
My work in sculpture, installation, and performance gets to the heartbeat of the issue, place, or space at hand. My research leading up to a site-related, site-specific, situation-responsive project involves an investigation of history, story, psychology, and/or physiology behind the project. I leave no stone unturned. I seek to convey significance through symbolism that communicates my ideas with authenticity and relevance.
My content driven work engenders both conceptual and poetic sensibilities. I want the work to be beautiful; that kind of draw-you-in beauty that lingers long enough until the ideas fall into formation in the viewer’s conscious mind. Not unlike words in a poem, material selection, presentation considerations, and scale play off of each other to become something greater than the sum of their often-unrelated parts. I typically combine unanticipated materials meant to evoke multifarious meanings. Disparate materials such as steel with glass or fabric may be used in a single work to accentuate duality or tension. I’m not afraid to tackle themes in my work that range from intimately personal to overtly political.
While my work usually embodies a physical presence, and the craft is considered and often laborious, it is the ideas that are paramount. In addition to my studio work, I have created large-scale outdoor works in public places for Burning Man 2001; Portland Clifftop Sculpture Park in the UK; SKYART Festival in Anchorage, Alaska; and the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma, California. In 2009 I completed the Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust and Genocide Memorial sculpture on the grounds of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California where I am a professor of sculpture.
I have exhibited my work, lectured and held residencies nationally and internationally since 1987. I received a BFA degree from University of Alaska Anchorage in 1988, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and earned an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1992.