About me

By Jes • • 17 Mar 2012

In my artwork I layer photographs of our world and compose them into images of new places and realities. I draw a lot of my inspiration from cyberpunk novels where characters often find themselves existing in a digital reality that is based on places in our world, but contains layers of other times, places, and information, and could only exist digitally.
My series, Digital Dreams of Where You Are, is about location and light.
Through digital means we are now constantly able to find ourselves, pin point our geo location, and keep that data to later find where we were.  A ‘friend’ in the digital world would always be able to see where we were, and where we have been in the real world.
Digital is a persona I created to be that digital friend. More coded than human, but often only describable as something in between. She is a being that lives completely in the digital world, but wants parts of the analog world as well. This is impossible considering she does not have a physical form, so she resorts to digitally following us, trying to bridge the gap any way she can.
In the real world, we often surround ourselves with light. Light pollution is being talked about in many ways by experts concerned at its effects on us and our world. We fill everywhere we can with streetlights, solar-powered lights, lamps, decorative lights, and we often find ourselves with the glowing screens of our personal electronic devices. Digital Dreams of Where You Are shows the light trails we leave behind us in the real world, and imagines what light trails we might create in the digital world.
I wrote all the text found on the images in the Digital Dreams of Where you Are series. It is letterpress printed on to the images using a tabletop platen press, and lead type.
I graduated in 2003 from the University of Minnesota with my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. I have studied at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts since 2006 and joined the Artist Co-op in 2011.  I have exhibited in many venues around Minnesota. Currently I am working as one of the College Lab Assistants in the Visual Arts Department at Anoka Ramsey Community College.

 

 

Current Resume:

Exhibitions
Photo Bienniel — August 2014
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN – Group exhibition

The View From Here: new work from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artist Co-op  — June 2014
MacRostie Center for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MN – Group exhibition

Digital Dreams of Where You Are  — June 2013
Lerner Bindery Gallery, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN – Solo exhibition

A Fabrication: Layers and Waste — October 2012
Larson Art Gallery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN – Two Person exhibition

Digital Dreams of Life — March 2012
Anoka Ramsey Community College Riverfront Gallery, Coon Rapids, MN – Solo exhibition

The First Show — January 2012
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

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

 

Education
Minnesota Center for Book Arts — 2013
Completed Core Book Arts Certificate Education Program

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 Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
Hennepin County Public Library, Special Collections, Mpls, MN
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Mpls, 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.
College Lab Assistant, Visual Arts Center — August 2014-present
Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN

Artist Co-op Member — March 2011-present
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Visiting Artist Panel — 2011
Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, 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