Jennifer Halli

Artist Statement

I am peripatetic. I have always been on the move. I need fields and skies of space, to think, to consider, to ponder options. I strive to move beyond what is simply expected (of me).

To reflect my manner and acknowledge my current locale, I have been making site-specific minimalist installations in and around New Bedford, Massachusetts. The objects made of clay, paper, ink, metal, and fibre are abstract references to the grid - symmetrical and structured. Captivated by this universal construct of containment, boundaries, repetition and continuity, I create compositions utilizing primary elements in multiples. I find beauty in perfection and the extraordinary in imperfection; by placing the work outside, I am forcing it to rot, decay, melt, transform. Like myself, it is not to be confined within four walls.

-- Jennifer Halli


Jennifer Halli works with ceramics and printmaking, creating structures that explore place and material while excavating themes of travel and loss. After completing a BA in Art Education and teaching in North Carolina, she taught herself metalsmithing to support her wanderlust. This led to a new home in New Zealand. Jennifer studied ceramics with Robert Barron in Kardella, Australia and Peter Callas in Belvidere, NJ. She completed a MFA at the University of Massachusetts|Dartmouth as a Distinguished Art Fellow and has been invited to international wood firings and exhibitions in the USA, Australia, Denmark, Japan and New Zealand.