We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Hata Blumenfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, what principle do you value most?
Authenticity is my guiding principle and what I value most. It’s what maintains honesty within my work!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a visual artist whose materially rich practice focuses on the symbolism of the vessel. Working mainly with clay, I contrast the tactile material with Lucite and Photography to further challenge ones perspective.
Being a creative is filled with the highs and lows of any field worth being challenged by. And since my work exists in a hybridized place of contemporary sculpture and craft, I find that defining and clarifying the space in-between, is important. Confusion is important.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since recently moving back to Los Angeles, my hometown, from NY, I have been relishing in LA’s unique and varying architecture. It’s not something I paid as much attention to when I was younger.
I would likely plan several days of tours that focus on each part of town, because each pocket of LA is truly what makes it unparalleled. For the first day of adventuring, I’d take us to grab too much food in SGV, visit one of the many amazing antique malls outside of LA, hit the bowling lanes at Shatto Lanes and then end the night by projecting Los Angeles Plays Itself by Thom Anderson on the living room wall.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to thank my 7th grade Ceramics teacher. I had just begun a new school that ran on a trimester system where Ceramics, Drawing and Photography were introduced. I hadn’t quite found my footing there and she welcomed me into her space with open arms. She often lent out books to me from her own personal collection, allowed me to work on pieces after school and encouraged me to pursue summer programs such as CSSSA, a California State Summer School for the Arts run through Cal Arts and an arts camp in Idyllwild. Going to such programs, through her influence, was mind bending at 13. At that point I hadn’t met creatives my age and spending a month immersed in the arts gave me hope. I will be forever grateful to the teachers that extended extra care to students who haven’t yet found their way. We need more of you!