Jen Scholten is a poet, imagist, multimedia artist and the sole creator of Ghost of Earth, an evolving two-way mirror and working catalyst of darkness and light. Ghost of Earth’s work is consistently connected to nature, the human experience and unexplored territories within the physical and psychic worlds.
Currently, she spends most of her time as Creative Director and Producer of Ghostland, a bimonthly performance based literary series with intentional sensory elements. When not with Ghostland, she spends time as a bartender, editing her first book of poetry, designing illustration & photography works and in working with fellow artists to develop meaningful projects and communities together.
Jen previously spent years attending, absorbing, photographing and reviewing multimedia and performance art for various theaters, festivals and artists throughout the city of Portland, Oregon with Thru Media LLC.,. She wrote her first and only unpublished novel on alien space travel at the tender age of nine years old, and has been writing ever since.
It’s always interested me that ghosts have traditionally been portrayed as nuisance-like creatures; existing on a plain separate from humans. With our limited senses and attention we are often unaware of their very real presence and influence in our lives. These ghosts have a static, cartoon embodiment in our culture, but in reality they are more akin to shape-shift; appearing in a vast array of forms.
My work is largely in actualizing the many versions of ghosts that exist here; those embedded within the experiences we create, both with one another and in connection with self.
The stories you see here may appear somewhat cryptic, but I believe this quality is a valuable catalyst for digestion, as it leaves you to rediscover your own experiences within each work.