MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementMy work deals with the mapping of industrial constructions within pictorial space. I transform man-made structures like buildings and bridges through a process of computerization, layering, collage, and painting to form my own non-existent structures. No longer usable, but still partially recognizable, these structures are divorced from their functionality to maintain a connection between our present experience and an alternate realm of reality. Reminiscent of the industrial world, yet also strangely alien, it is important to me that these structures retain traces of their human origins, while existing only as a fragmented idealization of the “Other”. Painting with ink on double-sided, matte Mylar allows the image to be worked both front and back, while the transparency allows for the layering of multiple sheets. The resulting obfuscation of the image helps to define compositional significance. By divorcing these structures from their inherent functionality and placement in our everyday experience, I am creating images that evoke human recognition but are situated outside of the possible interaction and co-existence with humanity. These “impossible structures” exist in precarious balance between their human origins and their independence as non-functioning, displaced organizational objects, resulting in a new hierarchical reality.
Courtney Jordan was born in East Patchogue, New York. She received her BFA in painting, with honors, from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997, having spent her senior year in Rome, Italy as part of RISD’s European Honors Program. She was awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, in 2000. In 2004, she received a scholarship to study painting with famed artist Grace Hartigan and noted independent critic Dominique Nahas at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting. She received a scholarship to attend the intensive Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture during the summer of 2005. In May of 2006, Courtney earned her MFA, with honors, from the Maryland Institute. She was recipient of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center MFA Award at graduation. Courtney’s first solo exhibition was held at Markel Fine Arts in Chelsea, NY, in April of 2003. In 2004, she was awarded an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in Hartford. Her work has been published in 2007, 2003, and 1999 editions of New American Paintings magazine. Her work is in the corporate collections of Pfizer and Swiss Re. Courtney’s most recent solo exhibition took place in September of 2007 at Irvine Contemporary in Washington, D.C., where she is also currently represented. She lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.