Alain YVER

Alain YVER



Jenny Fine's Artist Statement

I come from a family of farmers. When my father was a child my grandparents raised pigs. One year the hogs took sick and the entire herd had to be slaughtered. To the children in the family, this day became known as The Saddest Day. May 9, 2008, was my saddest day. It was the day my grandmother died. For the last nine years, I have photographed my family. Over time, the camera has become a tool through which we experience intimacy and perform tenderness. Before the camera we can be and do everything we cannot in its absence. This series of photographs was taken when my family gathered on the farm after our first visit to the emergency room, two weeks before my grandmother died. And though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time, these images were a part of our goodbye. My father, cousin, and sister dressed as pigs leading her into death, ushering her to another place.

About the Artist

Jenny Fine received her BFA from the University of Alabama in 2006 and was awarded a National Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Fine taught English in Wuhan, China, in 2001–02 and worked at an orphanage in Nigeria in 2003. She then became an elementary art specialist in the Tuscaloosa City Schools system and volunteered in an after-school art program for children with autism. She is currently working towards her MFA at The Ohio State University where she was awarded a Fergus Memorial Scholarship in 2009. Fine has shown her work in a solo show at the Kentuck Art Gallery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and in group shows throughout Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio.

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