Jessica Weiss is a native New Yorker who received her BA from Oberlin College and studied at the New York Studio School in the mid 1970s. The artist (who received a National Endowment for the Arts' Fellowship in Painting in 1989) has had solo exhibitions at A. M. Richard Fine Art (Brooklyn) and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York City), and her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, TimeOut NY, The Baltimore Sun, and the New York Observer. Weiss has appeared in numerous group exhibitions including "Two Friends and So On" at Andrew Kreps, "Seaworthy" at Edward Thorpe, "Three Degrees of Separation" at Sonnabend Gallery, and "The Stroke" (selected by Elizabeth Murray) at Exit Art. She was recently included in "Suggestion, that is the dream: Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings" At Outlet Fine Art in Bushwick.
Scavenged decorative imagery drives and informs my work.
Two decades ago questions of domesticity became paramount as I searched for a mark in keeping with my abstract aesthetic. These preoccupations led me to wallpaper as both the material and the gesture I sought. Wallpaper’s mimetic elements seamlessly merged into abstraction. Wallpaper, literally a piece of cultural fabric, became a source of both content and formal concerns in my work.
With collage, paint, and a variety of printing methods, I apply patterns as one might use a brush stroke. In an abstract construct a narrative seed is planted with these ready-made designs, ripe with figurative suggestion and association. The canvas is my playground and sounding board, a Rorschach into the uncanny- the familiar yet strange. Patterns are juxtaposed to join in conversation while maintaining their distinct graphic identities. Inner and outer geographies are intertwined. It many ways this is what wallpaper was originally intended to do.
b. 1951, NEW YORK, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY