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Artist in Residency (AIR) Program

Residency has now finished and Jess will be showing her work September 5 to October 4, 2014
Opening Friday, September 5, 7pm

Jess Willa Wheaton Artist in Residency 2014

Jess Willa Wheaton in the Camosun studioJess Willa Wheaton grew up in California, and now lives and works in New York. She attended Camosun College from 2004-2006, and went on to complete a BFA at the California College of the Arts in 2009 and an MFA at Hunter College in 2013. Most recently her work has been included in group exhibitions at Zusi Graham, Cologne, and The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York. Forthcoming in September is a solo exhibition at Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria.

Description

“When you’re listening so intensely in your head there isn’t any difference between what you imagine and what actually takes place. Therefore you’re both omnipotent and powerless. (You’re) so far in that there’s no difference between the inside of (your) head and the world.” - Chris Krauss, I Love Dick, 61.

“Basic is the recognition that humans are neither on top of the world or outside it; they are in the world, and not as a special category (the subject). Humans are objects and entities among other objects and entities.”  - Katy Siegel, “Worlds With Us.” The Brooklyn Rail, July 15, 2013.

As Camosun's 2014 Artist in Residence, Jess Willa Wheaton will make a new body of both oil paintings and handmade collages of found images, in ongoing dialogue with the vast quantity of images available at this present time. To get inside this proliferation, her works merge several reference points, while speaking to different types of flatness and surface tension. Those photographs, illustrations, drawings, and aspects thereof that she mines as sources are subsumed into and/or beneath the surfaces of her 2-D works, sometimes rearing up from within but never enough to allow recognition in the common sense. Over the course of their slow condensation in the studio, each intensely put-together painting or collage is guided by an investigation of how it can both combine and transcend its references, function simultaneously as sum total and parts, circulate associations and specificity, and move in and out of spaces.

You can view Jess' work through her website. If you wish to contact her, she is available through email.

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