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Jennifer Tee, Practical Magic, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view.

Jennifer Tee

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Jennifer Tee, Practical Magic, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view.

Jennifer Tee’s installations are marked by a deep psychological ambiguity. If often seemingly designed to stimulate psychic serenity or spiritual uplift, they nonetheless advocate no clearly defined paths to inner peace and higher consciousness. Indeed, Tee’s works often leave the viewer with persistent doubts about the possibility of reaching such enlightened states. But this equivocation may be precisely the point. As with other contemporary artists concerned with assorted forms of mystical yearning—Eva Rothschild and Francis Upritchard come to mind—it is in the tensions between aspiration and failure, seriousness and absurdity that the work finds its idiosyncratic energy.

For her recent show “Practical Magic,” the Amsterdam-based artist welcomed visitors with a meditative but uncertain scenario: a decorous, formally relaxed arrangement of handmade floor mats and

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