CountyPrince George's County
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementDuring the process of creating my work, I have uncovered a few basic aspects of my art making: the process is organic the process is intuitive the process does not always make sense nor strive to do so the process is sometimes dangerous, although it is more dangerous to disrupt it the process needs tending the process is wiser than me My most recent work has been informed by experimentation with notions of invisibility and the possibility of extending one's perceptual awareness. My approach was initially playful and subtle and I began to realize how dangerous invisibility can be in art making. This feeling of danger conjured up the notion of nets, which when used to trap are meant not to be seen. I began experimenting with making my own net, allowing it to grow in length slowly and steadily over time. As it grew, my sense of the meaning of this structure grew as well. I have become fascinated with the paradoxes embedded in the net structure. Paradoxes such as its primitive origins (hunter-gatherer cultures) and its hyper modern metaphor (the internet); it can both save (safety net) and trap (butterfly net); nets kill (fishing nets) and are benign (hammocks). The structure itself is a paradox -- a network of tight knots and empty space. I see here a parallel with the structure of atoms -- a compressed nucleus surrounded by empty space and trails of electron dust. With these and countless other mundane and poetic thoughts, I proceed, interweaving drawing, photography, writing, and sculpture, finding connections and creating a sense of presence.
Mixed media artist Jessica Braiterman received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from the University of the Arts. She also studied with Jane Lackey and Susie Brandt at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. An early interest in gestural brush work led to an on-going fascination with line in space. She experiments with fibers, wire, books, and found, used, and unusual materials seeking a balance of entanglement and light. Braiterman has had four solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the region. She has received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2007 and 2009 and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Sondheim Prize and the 2009 Trawick Prize. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Smithsonian Institution, Prince George's Community College, and Montpelier Art Center.