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Jen McCleary

Jen McCleary

About the Artist

Jen McCleary studied painting and printmaking (BFA) at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and graphic design (Certificate) at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, as well as completing custom interdisciplinary Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

The roots of her art lie in the process of collecting images, ephemera, and found objects, which she layers, alters, or arranges to create something new. She works both digitally (photo-collage and graphic design) and in more traditional forms (mixed-media collage/painting and jewelry made from fo…

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About the Artist

Jen McCleary studied painting and printmaking (BFA) at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and graphic design (Certificate) at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, as well as completing custom interdisciplinary Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

The roots of her art lie in the process of collecting images, ephemera, and found objects, which she layers, alters, or arranges to create something new. She works both digitally (photo-collage and graphic design) and in more traditional forms (mixed-media collage/painting and jewelry made from found and vintage objects). No matter the medium, she prefers to work intuitively, letting each piece evolve over time and in unexpected directions. Her work is more a form of exploration, play, or meditation than a deliberate attempt at communicating a specific concept, although she does believe that images and objects can act as carriers of meaning and emotional resonance. She is interested in symbolism, wonder, hidden connections between things, the passage of time, imagined landscapes, ways of understanding the world, and dualities including the manmade vs. the natural worlds, light vs. dark (metaphorically and literally), and complexity vs. simplicity.

Artist's Work

Mixed Media Collage
Geology
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Geology

By Jen McCleary

Exploration ornithology
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Exploration: Ornithology

By Jen McCleary

Thoughts
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Thoughts

By Jen McCleary

Best friends
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Best Friends

By Jen McCleary

Machine
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Machine

By Jen McCleary

Ecosystem 1 trophy
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Ecosystem 1 (Trophy)

By Jen McCleary

Exploration space age
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Exploration: Space Age

By Jen McCleary

Night magic
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Night Magic

By Jen McCleary

Creatures
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Creatures

By Jen McCleary

Float 3
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Float

By Jen McCleary

88888
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88888

By Jen McCleary

In the night garden
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In the Night Garden

By Jen McCleary

Naturenurture
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Nature/Nurture

By Jen McCleary

Floating 2
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Floating

By Jen McCleary

On the road 3
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On the Road

By Jen McCleary

Goldfinch and the sun
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The Goldfinch and The Sun

By Jen McCleary

Bite
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Bite

By Jen McCleary

Brothers keeper
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Brother's Keeper

By Jen McCleary

Life death
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Life, Death

By Jen McCleary

Proximity 2
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Proximity

By Jen McCleary

Exploration drought
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Exploration: Drought

By Jen McCleary

Exploration the sun
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Exploration: The Sun

By Jen McCleary

Formation
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Formation

By Jen McCleary

Traveler
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Traveler

By Jen McCleary

Exploration setting sail
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Exploration: Setting Sail

By Jen McCleary

Exploration coral
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Exploration: Coral

By Jen McCleary

Digital Collage
June flight
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June (Flight)

By Jen McCleary

Nest
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Nest

By Jen McCleary

October falling
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October (Falling)

By Jen McCleary

March growing 2015
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March (Growing)- 2015

By Jen McCleary

Cosmos2
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Cosmos2

By Jen McCleary

December anomaly
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December (Anomaly)

By Jen McCleary

Pollination
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Pollination

By Jen McCleary

Some morning i will remember you
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Some Morning I Will Remember You

By Jen McCleary

Migration 2
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Migration

By Jen McCleary

July dog days
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July (Dog Days)

By Jen McCleary

August night sky
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August (Night Sky)

By Jen McCleary

Haven 2
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Haven

By Jen McCleary

For every bird a nest
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For Every Bird a Nest

By Jen McCleary

In the dark 3
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In the Dark 3

By Jen McCleary

Longing 3
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Longing

By Jen McCleary

Winter 5
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Winter

By Jen McCleary

Melt 3
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Melt

By Jen McCleary

Illumination 2
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Illumination

By Jen McCleary

Penitence 3
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Penitence 3

By Jen McCleary

November first frost
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November (First Frost)

By Jen McCleary

We could change the weather
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We Could Change the Weather

By Jen McCleary

Snowfield
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Snowfield

By Jen McCleary

Rain 7
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Rain

By Jen McCleary

May lux aeterna
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May (Lux Aeterna)

By Jen McCleary

Chania
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Chania

By Jen McCleary

Penitence 2
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Penitence 2

By Jen McCleary

Winters tale
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Winter's Tale

By Jen McCleary

Crossroads 3
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Crossroads

By Jen McCleary

Broadcast
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Broadcast

By Jen McCleary

April bloom
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April (Bloom)

By Jen McCleary

Imaginary city
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Imaginary City

By Jen McCleary

They walked in silence
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They Walked in Silence

By Jen McCleary

September nightscape
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September (Nightscape)

By Jen McCleary

Escape 3
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Escape

By Jen McCleary

Adrift
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Adrift

By Jen McCleary

Time 3
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Time

By Jen McCleary

Double constellation
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Double Constellation

By Jen McCleary

R8 wired
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R8- Wired

By Jen McCleary

Shipyard 1
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Shipyard 1

By Jen McCleary

Star map
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Star Map

By Jen McCleary

Propagation
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Propagation

By Jen McCleary

What lies beneath
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What Lies Beneath

By Jen McCleary

Cygnus
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Cygnus

By Jen McCleary

You are here
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You Are Here

By Jen McCleary

Bell tower
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Bell Tower

By Jen McCleary

Wires 1
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Wires 1

By Jen McCleary

Home 6
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Home

By Jen McCleary

Alley 2
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Alley

By Jen McCleary

Bridge 4
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Bridge

By Jen McCleary

Morning 2
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Morning

By Jen McCleary

Penitence1
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Penitence1

By Jen McCleary

Proximity 3
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Proximity

By Jen McCleary

Penitence 4
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Penitence 4

By Jen McCleary

Wires2
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Wires2

By Jen McCleary

Sparrow
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Sparrow

By Jen McCleary

Shipyard 2
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Shipyard 2

By Jen McCleary

We the drowned
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We, The Drowned

By Jen McCleary

Bubbles 4
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Bubbles

By Jen McCleary

Amusement
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Amusement

By Jen McCleary

Atmosphere
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Atmosphere

By Jen McCleary

Flying
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Flying

By Jen McCleary

All our hearts beating
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All Our Hearts Beating

By Jen McCleary

Cosmos1
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Cosmos1

By Jen McCleary

Arches 3
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Arches

By Jen McCleary

Cosmos4
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Cosmos4

By Jen McCleary

Industry
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Industry

By Jen McCleary

Songs from a floating island
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Songs From A Floating Island

By Jen McCleary

January of nothing 2015
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January (Of Nothing)- 2015

By Jen McCleary

February light and dark 2015
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February (Light and Dark)- 2015

By Jen McCleary

In the dark 1
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In the Dark 1

By Jen McCleary

Seashore 2
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Seashore

By Jen McCleary

Timescape
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Timescape

By Jen McCleary

Radiant
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Radiant

By Jen McCleary

Cosmos3
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Cosmos3

By Jen McCleary

The giddy edge of light
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The Giddy Edge of Light

By Jen McCleary

Our last night on earth
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Our Last Night on Earth

By Jen McCleary

Electricity 2
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Electricity

By Jen McCleary

In the dark 2
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In the Dark 2

By Jen McCleary

Planet1
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Planet1

By Jen McCleary

Invention
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Invention

By Jen McCleary

Escape 2014
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Escape (2014)

By Jen McCleary

Circuit
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Circuit

By Jen McCleary

Pollination 2
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Pollination 2

By Jen McCleary

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, MLA
    Philadelphia, PA,2008 
  • University of the Arts , Print Design Certificate
    Philadelphia, PA,2005 
  • Tyler School of Art , BFA
    Philadelphia, PA,1999