Jessica Perry Artist Statement My work is about my experiences and helps me communicate feelings that I cannot articulate in words. It is a physical model for the stages, emotions, and dilemmas in my life, documenting the progress and resistance I experience. My work reveals an autobiography through the language of the body and material. I use the human body, a portrait or a representation of myself, to give form to psychological states, such as, fears, anxiety and vices. The figure is placed in juxtaposition with objects and their environment. The juxtaposition represents the limits of a life lived in conflict with its desires and it’s role in society. Along with the idea of conflict, I focus on protection, evolution, development, healing and growth and how it relates to different stages of life. These stages are depicted in social and spiritual situations. Many of my ideas are developed from personal experience, the relationship between body and mind and post-structuralist theoretical discourse. In addition, the concepts and materials that artists Carolee Schneemann, Kiki Smith and Cindy Sherman address and utilize influence my artwork. I use a variety of media to translate these concepts, including painting, drawing, photography, digital illustration and sculpture. In addition, I work with many non-traditional materials, such as salt, wool, fiber, glass, dried foods and rust which are used in conjunction with traditional art making methods, such as, sculpture, painting and drawing. Medium and material are metaphors that convey my concepts. Although much of my work is constructed in varying techniques, I maintain continuity with pattern, repetition, and translucency of layers. These elements help me convey the complexity of emotion and communication while bridging the variety of material.
Biography: Art Exhibitions Foundation Art Exhibition: Taub Gallery, West Hartford CT. Dec. 1993 No Name: Hartford, CT 1995 Open Studio Weekend: exhibited artwork, promotion, and curator for student exhibit. Hartford, CT. Dec. 1995, April 1996, Dec. 1996, May 1997 The Spiral: art exhibition, East Village, NY. July 1996 Alexander A. Goldfarb Art Exhibition: Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, CT. Dec 1995, Dec. 1996 Pro'.gres Art Exhibition: Taub Gallery, West Hartford, CT. March 1997 Watchung Art Gallery: Watchung, NJ. Spring, 1998. Montclair Open Studio: Montclair, NJ. April, 1999 Midland Gallery: Montclair, NJ. July 1999 - present Makeready Press Gallery/Studio: Montclair, NJ. April 1999 -2001 Montclair Studio Tour: Montclair, NJ. October 1999 Projected Visions, Montclair State University: Upper Montclair, NJ. Jan-March 2000 Red: Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ. Dreamscapes/Landscapes: Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ. September 2000 Studio Montclair: Watchung Arts Center. Watchung, NJ, April 2001 • University of Hartford's Undergraduate Research Colloquium, which honors outstanding students. Selected to present speech about artwork. April 1997 • Hartford's NBC television affiliate: interviewed about artwork, April 1997 • Commissioned art works on display in Poland & Costa Rica
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