Conceptual sculptor Jena Priebe has always been encouraged to be
creative. From constant puzzles and anagrams as a child, to the tearing
apart and repairing of old cars with her brothers as a teenager, the
spark of seeing things just a little bit differently has fueled her
artistic endeavors. She’s inherited her mother’s antique love affair and
the coveting of old found objects. This fascination is the fire in her
She uses a myriad of media. She assembles using mirrors, glass, machine age artifacts, antiquated found objects, metals, adhesives and the guts of machines. Some things are haggled over, bartered for, unearthed in a forgotten family attic or pulled from the depths of tangled industrial salvage yards. Objects that have been forgotten are reclaimed and given a breath of new life. Having come from a very rural area in Michigan she is fascinated with the social obsession with technology and the counter intuitive behavior society exhibits toward their natural habitat. She focuses on challenging our current state of mind through art as metaphor.
Ultimately she wants to express the joy and magic of those things we often take for granted. To capture the simplicity of wonder we sometimes forget for our everyday surroundings.