JESSICA FROMM

About the Artist

            As my work has progressed over time I have found that as varied as the resulting images may be from one another, present in its entirety are several essentials:
            I am an expressionist who intentionally invites the viewer into an active search, process and encounter with my work whether it be a gestural abstraction, an organized and linear painting, a drawing or a collage. 
            I’m a ‘worker bee’ generally: in my art studio (that glorious room of my own), in my garden, in jewelry studio where I work with metals and stones.  I’m perpetually a kid who likes to play.
            I love the process of the hunt, the finding of the work, which results from grappling with my material.  I dive headlong into my work without planning and measuring. I am guided by a process I call ‘visual thinking’; it could equally be called ‘visual feeling’, because I seek to communicate by employing formal means- responding to what I see in color, proportion, weight of material, sense of touch; I leave the impress of my hand on all I do.

About the Work

         My upcoming October 16, 2018 show, “ What Universe Are We Living In?: An Alt History” veers off radically from the trajectory of my work so far.  This body of work was prompted by the disturbing 2016 election cycle and all that has followed, most especially the destructive behavior of the new president whose words and actions threaten radical overturning of norms of civil behavior, of the democratic process and international agreements.

            I spent many long, fallow months contemplating what approaches to art making were open to my particular skill set and the history of my oeuvre.  Outside events presented themselves to me as cartoon ideas as, to my frustration, they did to professional cartoon artists who published theirs long before I could find my own drawing vocabulary.  But once I started playing with appropriated images I was hooked on making these collages, gleefully transforming my intense negative feelings into savaging the protagonist.

 

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