Kenyon College

Jennifer Steinkamp


Jennifer Steinkamp (b. 1958, Denver, CO; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) is a pioneer in the field of 3-D animation. Working exclusively in digital media, she uses cutting-edge technology to render organic and abstract forms in motion and give deeper insight into the often unseen complexities of the natural environment. Her immersive installations are projected at a large scale in response to the architectural interiors in which they appear and alter the viewer’s typical experience of an object within a gallery, inviting a more comprehensive understanding of space and time. For each series, Steinkamp designs and digitally simulates the movement of organic and abstract forms such as trees, flowers, floating fabrics, rocks, organisms, and fruit. Her work is an examination of the natural environment that engages with art historical genres such as 16th-century Dutch still-life painting and scientific illustrations and nature photography.

Steinkamp’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections internationally, including the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Istanbul Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

Artist’s bio courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery, headshot courtesy of UCLA.


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