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Jessica Weiss
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374 Bond Street
SW corner of Bond and 1st Street

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374 Bond Street
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SW corner of Bond and 1st Street
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In my current paintings, I delve into the realm of figurative representation, crafting solitary figures from a vibrant and tactile mix of scavenged decorative materials and paint. These figures, with their outstretched arms and held objects, serve as symbols of human connection and introspection. They convey moments of offering and/or receiving, inviting viewers to pause and reflect in the midst of life’s tumult. Over three decades ago my interest in the concept of the domestic led me to search for a mark that felt authentic and resonated with my fundamental abstract aesthetic. I came upon wallpaper as both the material and the expressive gesture I had been seeking. I was captivated by the seamless fusion of wallpaper’s mimetic elements with abstraction, allowing me to navigate between representational and abstract realms. Wallpaper, as a cultural fabric, has become a significant element in my artistic toolbox, infusing my work with layers of meaning and history. My paintings employ a tactile mixture of collaged materials: Wallpaper, fabric, silkscreened canvas as well as paint. Schooled in the principles of abstraction and a scavenger at heart. I apply these found or handmade goods to canvas as one might use a brushstroke. My process is playful- I pin, tear, cut, and paste, juxtaposing components in a search to discover a form with a narrative suggestion. Using unconventional materials, I aim for age-old aspirations of painting: color becoming light and flatness becoming space. Informed by ten years of Buddhist practice I strive to listen carefully and observe deeply. With an intricate interplay of patterns and unexpected juxtapositions, my work invites prolonged looking. Serenity coexists with activity, allowing the viewer to find tranquility within an active visual tapestry.
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