Frame Story


frame story

Aug 2 - 30 , 2019

Jennifer Pettus


Frame Story builds on the literary device of the same name, using multiple perspectives to tell a visual story. Unlike the linear narrative structure of beginning/middle/end, the frame story uses multiple narrators, time periods, and/or styles to create stories within a story. In this exhibition, frame narrative is used to explore the idea of framing itself and all its implications. Using fine art and handicraft styles, I combine literal and abstract representations of the frame, and create fragmented and varied visual works of fiction that ask the viewer to find the common thread.


Jennifer Pettus was born in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and grew up in Kansas and Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a BFA in Studio Art and the University of Colorado at Denver where she received an interdisciplinary Master of Humanities degree with a focus on Women’s Studies, Sculpture, and Theater Design. In addition to formal art education, she has held numerous positions that expanded her art practice, including wig maker, floral designer, jewelry designer, school photographer, costume designer, scenic painter, and mom. For the last twenty years she has participated in the development and management of several Denver artist co-ops including Edge Gallery and Ice Cube Gallery. Pettus is featured as one of 160 artists in the 2014 Dutch publication, Textile Art Around the World and in Surface Design Association’s Winter 2018 Exhibition in Print, Family Matters. Her work was selected for FiberArt International 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA; World of Threads Festival 2016 in Toronto, ON and Art of the State 2016 and 2019 in Arvada, CO.