Jenny Mendes holds a BFA from Washington University and was resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Artists’ Choice Bronze Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show (2006) and Cain Park Arts Festival-Juror’s Selection (2004). Mendes explains, “Using clay as my primary material, I have found an entry way into my subconscious…First I create a structure which I overlay with painted patterns of emotional experience, sensory based memories, cellular formations, and other discoveries. Working within a human/animal narrative, I engage in a dialogue that witnesses and reflects an invitation into my world.”