If the works of sculptural ceramicist Jessica Widmer evoke emotions within you that make you uneasy, or even unsure of the subject matter that you are observing, then she has done her job. By taking animals, adding humanistic qualities (and not all of the good ones), and sprinkling in a dash of folklore, the artist has managed to accomplish a way to evoke a raw emotional response in our otherwise guarded sensibilities. By placing these creatures in human context, without dumbing it down, the result is rather frightening and grotesque. The works of art reminded me of old ‘Tool’ (the band) videos, mixed in with an ‘Eraserhead’ and ‘Dune’ (David Lynch) vibe. Certainly not for everyone, but sometimes that’s a good thing.
“Most of my ceramic work thus far has been of the exploration of identity- how it shifts and changes based on circumstance, emotion, and will. I explore dominant and submissive relationships both through narrative situations and sexuality. I explore my own emotions, frustrations, needs, hurt, power, vulnerabilities and growth as I experience and change with the flow of life. I chose to use anthropomorphic beings in my narratives because it allows for greater creativity of expression and impact in my opinion. We are all animalistic to begin with, and combining their characteristics with humans furthers the emotive qualities I want to get across. Animals also carry with them an automatic association with folk tales and mythologies, and I can feel free to extend that archetype, or counteract it as it suits the idea.” – Jessica Widmer
WHO: 464 Gallery
WHAT: Beast in the Heart- Sculptural Ceramics by Jessica Widmer
WHEN: Friday, April 18, 2013, 6pm–10pm
Exhibit run: April 18-23, 2014
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