Jen T. Mills

Jen T. Mills

Jen studied art at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and later received her MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She grew up in Colorado where the dichotomies of the landscape influenced her creations. Jen’s installations and work in ceramics explores the everyday: from noticing overlooked actions, to drawing attention to objects that many take for granted.

Jen Mills Portal

Portal, 2009

Resin, light, mixed media

In her piece, Portal, artist Jen Mills responds to a site at Spa Del Lago in Seattle, specifically, the storm drain located outside the front door. Overlooked and ignored, people walk by the drain without realizing that this particular place is where rainwater begins to find its way back to the sea. Portal draws attention to this transition between the seen and the unseen, and both references and simplifies an overlooked object that we rely on everyday.


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