About the Exhibition
In her solo show, Jennifer May Reiland creates a personal pantheon of secular and religious saints and martyrs, ranging from Princess Diana to bullfighter Juan Belmonte to Maria of Agreda, a Spanish nun whose body was said to be seen floating over Texas in the early days of the Spanish conquest. The centerpiece of the show is a monumental twenty-six foot drawing collecting these figures with images of Reiland’s own childhood in Texas.
Essay by Joshua O’Driscoll, Assistant Curator of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, New York.
About the Artist
Jennifer May Reiland is a New York-based visual artist who creates watercolor and pen drawings with accompanying animations. Reiland is a graduate of High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston and Cooper Union in New York (BFA, 2011). Reiland also studied art in both Spain and France, where she was a resident at the Fondation des États-Unis through the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship. Since, Reiland has been a part of multiple New York residencies including the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program (2014-2015), the Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center (2016-2017), and the studio program at Queens Museum (2018-2020).