Jennifer Cannon - Interview
Jennifer Cannon claims that she is a “typical” mom of three teenage boys; however, step inside her studio in San Jose, CA and perceptions quickly change. “My garage is my sculpture studio and it’s full of welders, compressors, drill presses, band saws and other paraphernalia,” says Cannon. Her materials and sculptures alike prove that Cannon is anything but ordinary. In fact, they are a true testament to her immense talent, distinct style, and powerful work ethic. Cannon lends tremendous credit to her father and father-in-law for her positive attributes. “I’ve always admired my father’s work ethic, ingenuity, and ability to craft just about anything, and my uncles true passion for art.
“Yrrahannod 2,” which is made of aluminum and stands nearly 3 feet tall, is vastly different from Cannon’s earlier works. “My earlier sculptures were complex and ornate, but my recent sculptures have focused on the essence of the form,” she says. “I am very happy with the way “Yrrahannod 2” turned out, because of its elegant simplicity.” The entire series explores providing substance and shape and is focusing on working with aluminum. “Metal is an extremely versatile material,” she says. “I love the fact that I can get a polished look with aluminum, and bend it to whatever shape I need. I hope they see the beauty in its form, and wonder how it was made.”
Cannon was raised in a sparsely populated area near Tinley Park, IL. The isolation proved to be a source of inspiration because it gave her ample time to think about what she wanted to do with her life. “My father had built a house in the middle of a forest preserve, so there were not a lot of neighbors and I had a lot of time to contemplate,” she says. During her college years, Jennifer dabbled in a few different areas of study, but eventually ended up getting her bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. “After all these years, I know I made the right move.”