Emerging Artists

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Untitled, Pine, nylon, paraffin wax, spar varnish, rope, 10' x 4' x 3', 2017

Jennifer Vess received her B.F.A. in Painting at the University of Georgia. Her work has been present in local and national juried exhibitions. She is passionate about the arts in education, and her experience includes teaching art at the Lyndon House Arts Foundation Summer Camp, as well as holding the position of Art Director at Zoo Atlanta Summer Safari Camp. She has been invited to give artist lectures about her work at both the University of Georgia and the Lyndon House Arts Center. She has been selected for Chulitna Artist in Residence Program for the summer of 2017. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Painting at the University of Iowa. She lives and works in Iowa City, IA.

In her own words:

After being displaced in a new environment, my creative practice begins to explore the tension between the familiar and the foreign. Working through process as a performative act of making, I begin to make sense of the unknown by referencing familiarity found in nature. My process implores the ritualistic quality of making personal monuments as a means of understanding through memory. These intimate monuments are merely a shadow of a once physical place, the residue that remains of a past life. Hollow structures create a shell that references the processes through which we have been formed. The accumulation and transformation of materials begins to associate time with ritual, a series of actions performed to make meaning. Fabric sculptural forms create intimate structures to commemorate growth and change. In an attempt to satiate a longing for understanding, the performative process of making mimics a connection experienced in memory.

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