DaveandJenn, also sometimes, maybe, known as David John Foy and Jennifer Saleik, have been working together since 2004.
Their varied practice weaves a long view of both human and natural histories together with the more closed off realms of private spectacles and inner landscapes.
Experimenting with form and materials is an important aspect of their work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, animation and digital video.
Over the years they have developed a method of painting dense, rich worlds in between multiple layers of resin, slowly building up their final image in a manner that is reminiscent of celluloid animation, collage and Victorian shadow boxes. These finished paintings can be many inches thick, swimming with tiny details and have become the jumping off point for their most recent multi-media installation works.
DaveandJenn have been western semi-finalists for the RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006 and 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010) and long listed for the Sobey Art Award (2011).
Their work can be found in both private and public collections, including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Municipal Collection, The Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
For a look at what DaveandJenn are currently up to go here: HermeticFerns.