From the vault — April 2011 — Jennie Thwing on artblog radio


[A few years ago, we interviewed Jennie Thwing, an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and educator, on artblog radio. On April 1 through April 30, Thwing’s new work will appear in Imaginary Reality: The 10th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford. The exhibition, curated by Main Line executive director Amie Potsic, also features Nic Coviello and Tim Portlock. Get to know how Thwing approaches her work, and then check out Imaginary Reality at the show’s opening reception, gallery tour, and artist talk on Friday, April 4 at 4:30pm! — the artblog editors] 

Jennie Thwing‘s whimsical stop-action animations have tickled our visual funnybone for years–at the same time that they’ve made us think about issues like the environment and our culture of waste. The artist and educator (she teaches at Rowan University in New Jersey) is also a member of Nexus, one of Philly’s oldest alternative membership spaces. Thwing, who was born in Alberta, Canada, tells us about her religious upbringing and about starting out as a painter but never being satisfied with her paintings. Her videos–elliptical narratives in which she and others perform–are imbued with humor as well as an abashed sense of awe about the world.  Here’s a short clip from the interview and below that is the full 13-minute episode.

Jennie Thwing, speaking with us about her videos.  We recorded the podcast at WHYY.
Jennie Thwing, speaking with us about her videos. We recorded the podcast at WHYY.


      Right-click to download full 12:51-minute interview with Jennie Thwing

This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The music is by Eric Biondo. Thanks to the Knight Foundation for helping us get the ball rolling on this project. Thanks to J-Lab and William Penn Foundation for additional support and to our partner WHYY NewsWorks for their ongoing support and for sharing artblog radio episodes on the arts & culture page of their community news site, You can subscribe to artblog radio on iTunes.


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