Using historical documents, texts, and poetry as source material, mixed media sculpture and painter Jennifer Borders deals with personal histories and cultural identities in her installation-based work. Through visual translations of these materials and their placement in site-specific spaces, Borders engages the viewer with her personal narrative while opening up channels for discussion on larger current events and timely cultural sentiments. Her sensitivity to materials adds another layer to her concepts, combining mediums like latex, paper, hair, and fabric to conjure personal connections and memories. Each time Borders installs her work, she carefully considers the gallery, allowing it to become part of the installation, while also creating spaces for the viewer to reflect and in many cases express themselves through their own words and writings.
Borders studied painting at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the University of New Mexico and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art. Before pursuing art full time she worked in the non profit sector in both curatorial and educational capacities and brought contemporary art to people of all ages and walks of life.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, most notably at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts and an Individual Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to help support her artistic practice. Currently she maintains a studio at The Delaware Contemporary and remains engaged to her educations and outreach interests through her work with the museum and programs like Project C.