Jen Walden is a successful visual artist and film director living and working in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
Her distinctive style of artwork explores Canadian and Northern life through people, wildlife and topography. Jen works primarily in acrylics, using vibrant colour, rich texture, dynamic line and three-dimensional relief to create a truly sensual experience. Her work is deeply influenced by the natural and human environment, in particular the geography and culture of her immediate surroundings. Her contemporary expressionistic paintings capture the spirit of place, and often use string and rope blended with various acrylic media to create the deep sculptural relief that is her signature.
“I love being out on the land and having the chance to see wildlife. Here, we are a pocket of humanity on the edge of wilderness”
Jen’s work has been widely acclaimed across northern and western Canada and purchased by collectors around the world. She was selected to represent the Northwest Territories at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where more than 215,000 visitors saw her exhibit, and has twice exhibited at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (2013/2015). She is currently represented by The North End Gallery in Whitehorse, Visual Effects in Yellowknife and at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver.
Jen’s debut feature-length film as a director is Dark Sky, to be released in the spring of 2018. Her first short film, Painted Girl, aired in CBC's Short Film Faceoff in June 2016. She has directed the short film Preserved (Best Cinematography/ Best Editing, 2016 Dead North Film Festival) and served as Production Designer and Art Director for award-winning feature The Sun at Midnight. Jen is one of six participants in the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Apprenticeship for Women Directors – her unique eye for aesthetic detail on-set, alongside captivating storytelling, sets her apart as a filmmaker whose visually stunning work has substance, character and heart.
Jen is president of the Northwest Territories Professional Media Association, representing the territory’s film, television and media industries. She is a founding member of the Borderless Arts Movement (BAM), a Yellowknife performance collaborative of visual artists, musicians and traditional storytellers. As an active member of her community, Jen has both performed and volunteered at Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks Festival, and has coached the Northwest Territories junior women’s hockey team at the Arctic Winter Games.
The Film When separated from his mother on a family camping trip, a young boy meets a fantastical creature that helps him find his way back home.
A grieving boy and his mother visit a festival in the largest dark sky preserve in the world. When young Elijah gets lost in the vast wilderness he meets an extraordinary creature in similar circumstances. The two form an unlikely bond and learn that following your heart is the best way to find home.
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