Jen Stark

Jen Stark’s kaleidoscopic art for the MTV Awards

A nipple slip? Another mystifying Kanye speech? You could see this and more at the recent MTV music awards, but colour-lovers will have had their eyes on one thing only – the trippy, kaleidoscopic art that served as a back-drop to Miley Cyrus entering the stage via a slide. The moving backdrop was the work of artist Jen Stark, an LA-based artist who works primarily in brightly coloured cut paper. Creating animations, 2-D art and sculptures, Stark has created some of the most colourful, joyful and eye-watering art you’ll ever see, and MTV obviously saw her work as perfect for their youthful, vibrant brand. Working with David Lewandowski, director and animation artist, the animated ‘wormhole’ she created can be seen behind Miley as she makes her grand entrance… but we think it’s worth looking at on it’s own.

Here is how it appeared on the night.

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Stark’s work looks fun and energetic, but is built up using layer after layer of cut coloured paper to achieve its effects. The amazing thing about her pieces – apart from the breadth of colour – is that even the static pieces seem to throb and shift before your eyes. This sculpture below demonstrates the level of detail and volume of layers involved.

Jen Stark

Cosmic Shift, 2015, Jen Stark

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Full Circle (detail), 2014, Jen Stark

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Zigzag (detail), 2011, Jen Stark

For much more of her work – including some seriously addictive animations as well as a shop selling smaller-scale works and products for the home – check out her website, here.

Ros Anderson


Ros Anderson is an interiors journalist and blogger who has worked for The Guardian, Elle Decoration, Ideal Home and many more. In 2009 she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend's House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way.

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