Size: 42"W x 48"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2013
Ready to Hang
My paintings employ a figure/ground compositional strategy as a metaphor for the paradigmatic pattern of binary opposition: internal/external, nature/culture, reality/illusion, image/material, feminine/masculine, flat/dimensional are primary motifs in my work. In my pictures, I manipulate the body’s position in space to explore the dynamic between place and identity. My paintings often reflect the decentered, placeless zones of suburbia or urban peripheral as a function of a dislocated identity or collective fantasy. I construct narrative clashes, where the protagonist participates in the pictorial space of the painting surface, residing in the logic of an allegorical perspective.
Jessica Kirkpatrick is an artist and teacher living between California and Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is in private collections across the United States, Europe and Australia. As an Abbey Award Fellow and RAIR Grant alumna, she has developed her work in vital art communities. Teaching both young and old, she loves to support adventuring artists. She believes that painting is a visceral anchoring into living sensation. She is currently working on new series, indulging a burgeoning interest in film-making and spending time with her baby boy, Calder. You can visit her website at jessicakirkpatrick.com