Most of these pictures take place in my home, revealing aspects of myself that are private and personal. I am evaluating my self-image, as an obese female in her twenties, dealing with ever-present pressures from the outside world. This process of self-exploration has helped to lay the foundation of finding my voice and recognizing my actions and insecurities. Though my work is based solely on personal experiences that I have re-constructed in order to photograph, I believe that the resulting photographs speak to the situation of many women in our culture.
Born in Akron, Ohio, Jen Davis earned her BA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago and is currently pursuing her MFA at Yale. Her recent exhibitions include those at the Schneider Gallery in Chicago, Texas Woman’s University Fine Arts Gallery in Denton, Creative Artist Network in Philadelphia, Stephen Daiter Contemporary in Chicago, and the Houston Center for Photography. Her photographs are in the collections of Columbia College, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her work was featured in Camera Austria, Aperture, PDN, and will be presented in an upcoming issue of the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s PQ magazine. She is the recipient of a 2003 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award and two Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarships. Davis’s work is represented by Lee Marks Gallery in Shelbyville, IL.