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Jessica Warner
Drawing has always been the foundation of all my work. I’m fascinated by line’s ability to change the empty space around it. Space becomes energy moving through and around forms, directed and contained by line. Constellations of lines build up or grow into forms that also seem to be coming apart or dissolving. Often the echo of a line or color moves throughout the drawing. I think of this process as weaving strands of color. These woven images, built of echoes and open space suggest widely diverse narratives, or situations to viewers.

Though I begin with still life objects, a landscape space is implied. The objects become like characters acting within that space. The same objects are used again and again, deepening their personal meaning and developing more complex relationships to each other. I’m interested in the process of looking. The drawings aren’t really about the actual still life objects. They are more concerned with what I can find in trying to see them.

Jessica Baron Warner received her BFA- magna cum laude from SUNY Purchase in 2000 with a concentration in painting and drawing. Before graduating, she spent a summer studying in Italy, which has continued to have an impact on her painting and drawing.

Most recently, her work has been shown in a solo show at the CAP Artspace in Ithaca, NY in June 2011 which was partly funded by an SOS (Strategic Opportunity Stipend) grant through NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Her work has been included in group shows at The Community School of Music and Art in Ithaca, NY both in 2009 and 2010.

After spending some time living and working in Brooklyn and Westchester County NY, Jessica Warner has been living and painting in Ithaca, NY with her husband and two children since 2008.

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