"We are just a brush in the Hands of the Master Creator."
Jennifer Hoffman Usman (fka Jen Jackson) is an American Muslim visual artist and designer who considers her work to be "contemporary-traditional": grounded in traditional processes and philosophies while also very much alive and relevant today.
Jen graduated with distinction from The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London where she earned her MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts in July of 2018. She obtained her BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University in 2006 and worked in the advertising industry in Chicago as a prop-maker and package designer until 2014. That year she left her corporate job to pursue her art full time, dabbling in several art-based business start-ups before moving to London to attend school in 2016.
Jen's practical studies in London focused on traditional sacred geometry, paper manipulation (cutting, layering, weaving) and lighting design which is what she continues to work on, with several projects in the works, TBA.
Before leaving for London Jen volunteered for 5 years as an administrator and curator for the Chicagoland-based group South Lake Artists' Co-op (SLAC).
In 2019 Jen married comedian and writer Azhar Usman in Chicago where the couple resides.