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H. Jennings Sheffield grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia. At age nine she received a Polaroid camera from her grandmother and knew from that moment on that she was going to be a photographer. She joined the Baylor Art Department as an Assistant Professor of Art in 2011. Her areas of teaching are traditional and digital photography as well as new media. She is an international exhibiting artist. Her latest work is included in the following shows: Tethered and Transitory Spaces, BOX 13 ArtSpace, Houston, Texas; Intimacy & Voyeurism: 2012 SPE Women's Caucus, The A R T S at C I I S, San Francisco, California; Luminaria, San Antonio, Texas; Red Dot 2011, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, Texas; Tethered, Satellite Space Gallery, San Antonio, Texas; Breaking Boundaries II, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; Rust Fest (Digital Arts and New Media Festival), McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio; What Do You Really Need?, Medien Kultur Haus Wels, Austria; Über Progressive (as part of Political Art Month), 1906 Gallery, San Antonio, Texas; Over the Edge, APG Gallery, Atlanta, GA; and Art After Hours, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA.

MFA, University of Texas at San Antonio
BFA, Atlanta College of Art

Artist Statement

My current body of work, "Tethered," is an ongoing investigation into the tethering effect we experience in our everyday lives. As a mom of two toddlers, my time is always split among the roles of artist, mother, wife, and teacher. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I am in my studio or classroom "being a teacher or artist," but on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, I am home being a mother and wife. This is the supposed "schedule." However, today's technology has inclined the separate facets of our lives to be more confused, intermingled, and merged-"tethered."

The work called "Tethered" combines archival digital prints mounted on panels with video and sound installations. It communicates the feeling of tetheredness by portraying what a specific period of time visually looks like during different days of the week. Generated with a mathematical formula, each print illustrates what a two-hour period of time looks like as I balance multiple roles throughout the week. As unique as each two-hour interval is, certain consistencies also run through our scheduled days. The look and feel of a two-hour period in the morning versus a two-hour period in the afternoon conveys a very different set of characters, circumstances, interactions, responsibilities, and roles.

The work is conceptual and based on images I photographed over a three-month period of time, documenting my life as an artist, student, mother, and wife. Selecting from thousands of images, I choose four to six images from the same time of day but on different days of the week and then separate the image into vertical slices. I then digitally integrate the vertical slices from different days (but during the same time intervals (e.g. 2:00 pm-4:00 pm) to create a single, compressed image of time. Each image is comprised of two or three images from my life as artist/teacher and the two or three images from my life at home. Once compressed, and as in real life, the different events and interactions inevitably merge into a singular life experience.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Work

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