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JESSICA DAMEN

JESSICA DAMEN

Artist Work

It's In Our Hands
2014
oil on linen
26 x 13"
Touch Me, Not
2015
oil on canvas
60 x 48"
Down Them Sammy
2004 & 2013
oil on canvas
63 x 69"
Dolce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori
2004 & 2013
oil on canvas
71" x 78"
Bad Education
2013
oil on linen
76.25 x 47.50"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
301 919 9351
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” (Requiem for a Nun) Today’s conflicts and thorny issues are revealed through an understanding of the past. Meaning can be sought through text and identification. Painting provides me with time for silent reflection. It is during the slow, physical process of painting when my mind wanders. I imagine I am that child from an antique photograph: the boy soldier, a black child picking cotton, a Palestinian boy throwing a rock. Even though they are but static images, after research, these images open a world of associations for me. That said, I choose subjects, which explore today’s issues: racial tension, gun violence, and war in the Middle East. These paintings, both personal and universal, look at the past to help me find compassion in the present.

Artist Bio

Education: Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting (MFA, 2001); Corcoran School of Art (Matriculated Open Program, 1986-88, 1996); SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS: '09-'10 "The Other Story,"at Galerie Francoise,Baltimore,MD 2006 “No Face Dolls”, Antreasian Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2005 “Heroines and Heroes – Mythological to Mundane”, Howard Community College Art Gallery,Columbia, MD. 2004 “Vision to Verse ~ Verse to Vision: A Visual and Poetic Dialogue, Collaborative show with poet Maj Ragain. Verde Gallery, Champaign, Illinois 2004 "Through Children's Eyes," Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, MA 2002 “A Record of Baby’s Days: an Environmental Installation”, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Library Gallery, Juror: Doreen Bolger, Director, The Baltimore Museum of Art SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2011 “Gender Matters/Matters of Gender”, Freedman Gallery at Albright College Reading, PA, Juror: Judith Tennenbaum, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design 2010 • Pool At Fair, Carlton Hotel, Miami Beach, Fl., Juror, Thierry Alet, Chairman, Frere Independent, New York, NY •53rd Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, New York, Juror: Kim Foster, director Kim Foster Gallery, Chelsea, N. Y. Awarded Deborah Andersen Award • MICA Alumni New York Region Art Show, Spattered Columns/Art Connects, NY, NY 2008 • “Mythological Renderings,” 1st Nationally Juried Show, Brickbottom Artists Association, Somerville, MA, Juror: George Shackelford; Chair of the Department of Art of Europe & Solomon Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA '07-'08, "Expanding Circles: Family, Friends and Community, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, J Susan Isaacs, Ph.D., Adjunct Curator, DCCA, Wilmington, DE '04-'05“(Grace) Hartigan’s Choice: Athena’s Daughters”, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD "Art Maryland 2002," Howard County Center for the Arts,Juror,Jay Fisher, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, The BMA, awarded Juror’s Choice Prize; "2002 All Media Juried Exhibition," Arlington Arts Center (2002); "Twenty-Eighth Juried Exhibition," Allentown Art Museum, PA (2002); "Pink Onions," Bowling Green State University, OH (2002).