In this body of work, I deal with my insecurities about my body image and the direct correlation between self-perception and the way one is perceived by others. Photography is the medium that I use to tell my story through life, an outlet for revealing my thoughts and opinions about the society in which we live. A society that dictates beauty based on ones physical appearance.
In my photographs I aim to raise questions regarding beauty, desire, body image, and identity through a focused observation of my personal story. I have built a relationship between the camera and myself where I transform the act of taking a photograph into a performance for the camera. Many of my pictures take place in my home, revealing aspects of myself that are private and personal. My work is partially based on personal experiences that I have re-constructed into a photograph, and the other part consists of made up fantasies of what I imagine a physical relationship to be regarding intimacy, love and desire.
Jen Davis is a Brooklyn based photographer. For the past 8 years she has been working on a series of Self-Portrait’s dealing with issues regarding beauty, identity, and body image. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2008, and her BA from Columbia College Chicago in 2002. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at Indianapolis Museum of Art (iMOCA), and she is currently in a show titled Verses at Hous Projects in NYC. Her work will be included in a show opening the summer of 2010 titled reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. Davis has exhibited widely included group exhibitions at SI FEST: Savignano Immagini Festival in Italy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Stephen Daiter Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany. Her photographs are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, and The Library of Congress among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Camera Austria, Aperture, Photography Quarterly, and PDN. Davis is represented by Lee Marks Fine Art. website