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Jennifer Cronin received a BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.
Her paintings focus on the fringes of reality, those things that cannot be perceived in everyday life but are teeming just beneath the surface. Building upon the ubiquitous but often concealed underpinnings of suburban life, Cronin contends to paint a mythology of the seemingly banal.
Her earlier work is peopled with anxious and apparently suburban females looking for a way out, as she herself did, attempting to break through an invisible barrier. ‘Like a painting, [these women] are trapped within their own beauty, grace, and seduction,’ says Cronin.
More recently she has also become interested in the idea of paintings as highly constructed objects, just as our reality is constructed, and no more or less real or meaningful. Likewise, Cronin personifies the paint itself. These paintings grapple with the fact that they are merely paintings, she says.
Her work has been extensively exhibited in Illinois.
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