"100 Creatives" Interview by the Miami New Times



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1. List five things that inspire you. -FREEGUMS -Outer space and how what we see is in the past -The Florida Everglades -Kaleidoscopes -Super friends & family

2. What was your last big project? A huge 9 ft. x 6 ft. sculpture made out of paper that dripped down the wall at SCOPE Art Fair in Carol Jazzar's booth.

3. What's your next big project? Next is a 2-person show at Show&Tell gallery (Toronto) with amazing artist Maya Hayuk. We'll be doing collaborations as well as our own work. Also, I'm doing an animations for one of Dan Deacon's new tracks. He is a genius musician/composer from Baltimore who has great live shows.

4. Why do you do what you do? Why not, bro?

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you? I'm 3rd generation Miamian. My great-grandpa owned a dairy/cattle farm where the Miami airport is located today. On the other side, my grandparents met while working at the Miami Herald in the 1930's. She did classified's and he was an aviation reporter and saw Amelia Earhart off on one of her last flights.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you? I peed on the magic carpet.

Sendero Luminoso / 13"x16" / acid free felt-tip pen on watercolor paper / 2011

"Most of us aren't able to do too much with construction paper, but Miami artist Jen Stark pretty much creates the unbelievable. With a BFA in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Stark is most recognized for her labor-intense paper sculptures which mirror designs found in nature. "I think geometry, nature, and mathematics have everything in common. My ideas are also based on replication and infinity as well as hypnotic, optical designs that mimic mandalas and sacred objects," explains the artist.

Stark's oeuvre of mind-bending work originally began with a summer abroad trip to the south of France where the artist found a friend in construction paper due to its bargain price and potential. Eventually, Stark's stack of colorful paper transformed into three-dimensional sculptures which has now expanded to include drawings and animation.

One of her most impressive and meticulous sculptures, How to Become a Millionaire in 100 days, includes a mountain of one million pieces of confetti-style paper achieved through hand cutting 10,000 pieces a day. Stark explains the thought behind the sculpture: "For this piece I wanted to challenge the idea of being a millionaire: someone with one million dollars? Or one million objects? Having one million of something makes you a millionaire, doesn't it?"

And while her artwork might not be worth millions, yet, Stark has garnered a fan base that includes Miami collectors and comedy sketch artist Eric from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! "Eric is awesome! I'm happy to have someone so crazy and brilliant as a fan of my work. I don't officially collect work, but I have little drawings from artist friends," says Stark. As an artist who has exhibited extensively, Stark continues to find inspiration in her hometown explaining, "There is so much amazing stuff going on but still a lot of room to grow, which is exciting."  by Elena Chiriboga

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