Jennifer Onofrio Fornes was born in Bethesda, Maryland and grew up in Rochester, MN. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in sculpture and painting in 1989 and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis in sculpture, photography, and drawing in 1991. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and her work is housed in many public and private collections. Exhibition venues have included The Arts Center in St Petersburg Florida, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art and The Belger Art Center in Kansas City, MO, Snyderman Gallery and Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Thomas Barry Gallery in Minneapolis, MN, and Exhibitions in Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY.
“In terms of the reliquary forms, I work to create balance, movement, and symmetry through the hundreds of imperfectly hand-cut stacked, hollowed out, wood circles. By striking a balance between the characteristics of the material and the will of the hand, I look for the divine sparks embedded and hidden in our material world and for what remains after the physical disappears. Many of my works function as relics of human fragility. To this end, these forms suggest both a sense of presence and absence.”