About me

By Jes • • 17 Mar 2012

In cyberpunk novels the world exists much in the same way it does now with people, buildings, and nature that obey the laws of physics. In those novels there is also a part of the world that exists only in the digital realm where everything is made from code and nothing has to obey the laws of physics. It exists, but only because someone coded it into existence.  As technology advances, what was once seen as fiction become reality.

In my artwork I layer photographs and compose them into images of imaginary places. Places that could exist in a digital world where anything can be real, but yet they come from the analog world in which we live.

The digital vs analog debate encompasses all of our senses. If a digital world was created where we could touch, smell, see, hear, and taste, would it be real? In our analog world, if you can verify an object with your senses, it is real. But digital has the ability to trick our senses.
Each image I create has many layers and many stories.  I combine photographs from different events, different locations, and different years together.  These images are taken with a variety of cameras: polaroid, 35mm, medium format, and digital, combining new media and old.  Text is often layered onto the images, using an old Platten letterpress.  This process creates unique images that challenge the viewer to look further into the image. In 2010 I started adding text to my images.  After studying letterpress printing at Minnesota Center for Book Arts I began adding poems and dialog to the images using handset lead type and a tabletop platen press. The words added another layer and a story to the images. The work was changed from being just an image of an imaginary place, to a debate: digital or analog.

 

Current Resume:

 

 

Exhibitions:
Digital Dreams — March 2012 (upcoming)
Anoka Ramsey Community College River Gallery, Coon Rapids, MN
Solo exhibition

TBD — January 2012 (upcoming)
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN
Group exhibition

Pretend the World — August 2011
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN
Group exhibition

Digital Dreams of Life — September 2010
Bloomington Art Center Atrium Gallery, Bloomington, MN
Solo exhibition

Around the World:  A Photography Group Show — May 2010
Gallery 122, Minneapolis, MN
Group exhibition

Alumni Photography Show — February 2009
Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN
Group exhibition

WARM Women’s Building Exhibition Series — February 2008
Women’s Building, St. Paul, MN
Two person exhibition

Imagined Landscapes — June 2007
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN
Group exhibition

Caught in the Act — November 2006
Icebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Group exhibition

Waiting Ribbons — August 2005
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN
Solo exhibition

Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Exhibition — March 2003
Katherine E. Nash, Minneapolis, MN
Solo exhibition
Intern Exhibition — September 2002
MELETE Women’s Art Collective, St. Paul, MN
Solo exhibition

Education:
University of Minnesota — 2000-2003
Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis on photography

Anoka Ramsey Community College — 1997-2000
Associates of Arts

Collections
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Private collections

Awards:

Artist in Residence — 2004-2005
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN

Award of Excellence, Distance — October 2004
Period Gallery, Nebraska

Student Purchase Award, Untitled Window (I) — August 2003
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Minneapolis, MN

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Artist Co-op Member — 20011-present
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Member of the Board of Directors — 2007-2009
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN

Visiting Artist Lecture — 2003
Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN