Growing up in a military family ensured that I wouldn’t be able to occupy a specific place for more than a few months or years at a time, familiarizing myself with the fleeting. This affinity for ephemera led to my interest in photography. Through photography I have learned how to describe an embodied location versus a geographical one, while documenting and interrogating the things that confuse, fascinate, amuse and ignite me.
Whether by navigating a specific street, winding through various footpaths or tracking the light within my home, my practice situates itself between a random starting point and an unknown end. It is important to me that things within my photographs are shown as they are — broken, incomplete, ordinary — highlighting their potential and importance. Humor, ambiguity and the mundane populate my work. These qualities, in conjunction with curated sequencing, create a world, not unlike the one I am photographing, full of mysteries rather than answers.
JEN MAWSON is a photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her BA from the University of Missouri in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Photography, Religious Studies and English. There, she found a photo community for the first time, and developed her love for the medium. She is set to finish her MFA in Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May 2020.