Artist Profile - Jenny Riffle
Jenny Riffle was born in Washington State in 1979; she holds a BA in photography from Bard College, and an MFA in Photo, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Riffle’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous publications worldwide; her monograph Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting was published by Zatara Press in 2015. Riffle has received several awards including FotoFilmic’s Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation Award in 2016, The Pilkington Prize in 2015, PDN’s 30 in 2014 and the Aaron Siskind Foundation grant in 2013. Most recently Riffle was awarded a grant in Washington State from 4Cutlure and King County Parks called Picturing Trails: A Photographic Exploration of King County’s Regional Trail System. Riffle lives in Seattle and in addition to her art practice she teaches at Photographic Center Northwest and shoots assignments for The New York Times, The Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and NPR, among others.
Riffle received 2019 GAP funding to process and proof all of the film she shot for her series “The Sound of Wind” during a two-week residency in an off-the-grid cabin in WA. Growing up in Washington, Riffle lived part-time with her father and brother in a one room cabin off-the-grid. Her series “The Sound of Wind” draws from this experience and explores the relationship humans have with nature. The residency will be a return to her roots and bring her back to a closer relationship with nature. With two weeks of uninterrupted time she will be out photographing every day and once she returns she will use the funds to process the film, scan it, and make proofs of everything.