Jean Frances Follett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was one of the earliest artists to ascribe to the 'Junk movement' in the 1950s. A student of Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), she began to apply paint so thickly that her pictures looked like reliefs. She embedded found objects pieces of wood, metal, string, and heavier objects into black-and-white reliefs. With these she created surrealistic figure fetishes and machine-people such as Lady With the Open-Door Stomach (1956), and Many Headed Creature (1958). She was closely associated with Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983), who sculpted with scrap metal.
Jean Follett took part in group exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas, such as Irons in the Fire: An Exhibition of Metal Sculpture (1957) and Neo-Dada: Redefining Art 1958-1962 (1995). Artworks by Jean Follett are kept at The American College of Greece - ACG Art and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts.