Jenna Westra creates photographs that transform accidental or casual movements into choreographed actions for the camera. The artist uses the human body as her main subject, creating an amalgam of twisted and abstract forms that depict careful angles, curves and lines while managing to evoke a deep sense of intimacy and play.
Taking aesthetic cues from performance documentation while relying on the fundamental traits of analog photography, Jenna Westra invites the viewer to re-examine their role in image consumption. The viewer’s implication with the photographs is sensibly shaped by the relation between the printed image and the action that took place before the camera.
Sincere and authentic connectivity between the subject, space, the human body, and light create a visual honesty that characterizes Westra’s work, while at the same time offer the conceptual framework upon which her photographs are taken. The artist’s curiosity is creatively translated into an artistic autonomy visible in her work. Westra uses photography as a conceptual practice that translates a living three dimensional world into a structural narrative of curves and lines that emphasizes the physical traits of photographic media.