MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019, Prior to 2012
Artist StatementFormally, the paintings are an investigation of line, space, and color, depicting imaginary landscapes and constructed interiors. The compositions oscillate between simple and complex, offering order and chaos in varying measures. I use acrylic latex house paint applied with a roller, creating hard, clean edges masked with obsessive care. Images of machines are drawn in ink as thin intricate outlines and are placed within the domestic environment filled with patterns and botanicals. The patterns become interlaced with the intricacies of the machines, attempting to join or crossing over to interrupt the flow.
Jessica van Brakle was born in Bethesda, Maryland and grew up in nearby Rockville. In 2018 she received her MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park and her BA in Fine Arts in 2007 from The Corcoran College of Art & Design located in Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Washington metropolitan area, included in Art Fairs such as Scope Miami and (e)merge Art Fair. Van Brakle is a previous recipient of the Individual Artist Grant for Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council, has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and was selected in 2010 for a two-year fellowship with Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. Her work is included in the collection of the U.S. Consulate, Dubai as well as many corporate collections such as the headquarters of PNC, Hilton Worldwide, and Capital One Digital Headquarters.