Jen Davis | Self-portraits

In this body of work, I deal with the insecurities associated with my body image and the direct correlation between self-perception and the way one is perceived by others.  Photography is the medium that I use to tell my story through life, an outlet for revealing my struggles and thoughts in regards to the society in which we live.  A society that dictates beauty based on ones physical appearance.

In my photographs I aim to raise questions regarding beauty, desire, body image, and identity through a focused observation of my personal story.  I have built a relationship between the camera and myself where I transform the act of taking a photograph into a performance for the camera.   My work is partially based on personal experiences that I have re-constructed into a photograph, and the other part consists of made up fantasies of what I imagine a physical relationship to be regarding intimacy, love and desire.

Through the act of photographing I invite the viewer into my private life, exploring the vulnerabilities that I carry associated with a life-long struggle with my body, feelings of isolation, and the battle to recognize beauty. 

b. 1978  Akron, Ohio. Jen Davis is a Brooklyn based photographer. For the past 9 years she has been working on a series of Self-Portrait’s dealing with issues regarding beauty, identity, and body image. She has also been exploring men, as a subject and is interested in investigating the idea of relationships, both physical and psychological, with the camera. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2008, and her BA from Columbia College Chicago in 2002. 

Davis’ work will be included in "The Fleeting Glimpse: Reflections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA opening this Spring. She has exhibited widely included group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Stephen Daiter Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany. Her photographs are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, and The Library of Congress among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Camera Austria, Aperture, Photography Quarterly, and PDN. Davis is represented by Lee Marks Fine Art.

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