Jenny Shircliff is an artist and art historian. She has a BFA in drawing from Murray State University (1976), an MA in painting (1994) and a PhD in art history (2014), both earned at the University of Louisville. She joined Pyro Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky in 2017. Previously, she worked as a professor of art history at various educational institutions in the greater Louisville area.
While Shircliff's earlier work was figurative and naturalistic, her current work moves toward abstraction. Her landscapes do not depict any particular place, but derive from her own body, revealing the aesthetic effects of time on the human form in the same way that time marks the earth. This unique perspective connects the body to the larger natural world and finds beauty in the aging process.
Shircliff's newest series considers a different approach to our world. Taken from automatic drawings, these organic, linear drawings and paintings give visual presence to string theory - a concept that suggests the existence of a parallel universe made up of vibrating threads of energy, a fundamental aspect of nature and being.