Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Joseph.
Jennifer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always had somewhat of an appetite for risk, so in my 20s, I deviated from the expected outcomes of my traditional Pennsylvania upbringing and packed my car and headed west to Santa Fe. Armed with an art degree and a really neurotic cat, I figured in a town with 250 art galleries, I would fall into something.
I ended up living and working there for over 26 years among a community of artists, healers, visionaries, scientists, weirdos, witches, and makers of all kinds. I supported myself by being an organizer and administrator and spent time developing my work. I had a pretty successful career there and regularly showed my work. I met my husband, a sculptor, in 2008 at an art opening where both of our work was being shown. We opened a small experimental and popular gallery in 2014, Santa Fe Collective.
We featured contemporary artists, crafters and designers working in Santa Fe, a lot of it on the edgier side. We decided to move to LA after doing a pop up with our artists in a warehouse in South Central. We went back to Santa Fe, put the house on the market, and within four months, we were settled in our Warehouse District loft with panoramic views of the 10. Since moving here in 2017, we have refocused our energy on our own creative pursuits, taking inspiration from the diversity and vitality of the city.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a smooth road in the sense that since we made the decision to move, things have fallen into place, and good opportunities have presented themselves. There have been times when the faith has been tested, but that’s to be expected with any endeavor.
Please tell us about Jennifer Joseph Studio.
I have been a practicing artist since the early 90s. I started out as a painter, and my interests led me into exploring making objects and sculptural installations. Being a cross-disciplinary artist allows me the flexibility to push media in any direction to suit my ideas, which often center around light, color, pattern and chance.
My proudest moment was being included in an exhibition entitled, “It’s About Time: 14,000 years of New Mexico Art History,” alongside two art heroines, Agnes Martin and Judy Chicago.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I think I would have had fewer bad boyfriends.
- Address: 1250 Long Beach Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021
- Website: https://www.jenniferjoseph.com
- Phone: 3235425208
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @jenjoprojects
All images Jennifer Joseph