Jena Thomas

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Spartanburg, SC

I paint fictional landscapes. I create a luscious otherworld where the imagined is always entangled with the observed. In my work, I react to the ways in which mankind interacts with and transforms the natural world. I am particularly struck by the startling contrast between manmade constructs—pools, patios, golf courses, and endless amounts of human debris—and the natural environment. The constructs are interesting foreign additions to the landscape, and I enjoy working with the visual paradox they create. Through a collision of painterly styles, I question this unusual world we have created for ourselves, where the disparate images of nature and manmade structures coexist.