Jen Clay is a multimedia artist living in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She creates textiles and animations for performances, videos, and installations. Clay researches encounters with the unknown such as H.P. Lovecraft stories of cosmic madness, Sci-fi movies, actual accounts of hallucinations, and supernatural sightings. She was awarded the 2019 South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for her wearable works, which are created for performances and videos and often speak directly to the viewer, revealing obsession through dialog. Her video work has been shown at Acre TV in Chicago, Visionary Film Festival in Milan, Italy, on Squeaky Wheel, an art TV public broadcasting in Buffalo, NY, and Glasgow Independent Film Festival. In 2017, for the OFF Site Performance Series organized by the Girls’ Club Collection in Fort Lauderdale Clay created “Nearing”, a 20-minute performance included large – scale soft sculpture, video projection of animation, dialog, wearables, and soundscape by collaborator Elise Anderson.
In 2019 The Young At Art Museum of Davie, FL, invited Clay to create her first large scale site-specific piece, “Welcome to Me & You”. This piece is an immersive carpet and video installation with interactive elements and projected videos of characters that speak to the viewers.