JENKELL BECOMES JENK. Better known as Laurence Jenkell, in 2020 the artist changes her signature to a shorter and more modern name: JENK. In honor to this new start, The Marciano Contemporary Galleries showcase the artists’ new creations within these galleries.
JENK was born in Bourges in 1965. Her artistic career, far from the traditional paths, is illustrated by its singularity.The requirements of a first marriage seemed to constrain her access to any creative process. Until the day when, in the secret of her kitchen, during a silent tête-à-tête with her domestic oven, she makes melted candy dough. This chance encounter is a rebirth. Stemming from old frustrations, deprivation and alienation, candies become the vector of her liberation.
As an autodidact, JENK will thus elaborate the concept of wrapping. This formal twist of the material is embodied as the formal expression of suffering. By its elaboration, the artist exorcises her demons. Neutralized by the sweetness of the subject, the candy becomes the allegory of a revenge. Formerly synonymous with frustration, it is now the materialization of her liberation. By means of her creation, the artist works at her reconstruction, at her own invention.
“The candy is inseparable from my work, it is and will remain my favorite subject, and the twist my source of inspiration”.