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Jessica Stockholder

1959 | Seattle, United States
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Sculptrice et artiste multimédia américano-canadienne.

Jessica Stockholder moved to Vancouver in 1960 and maintained not only dual citizenship (Canadian and American), but also a penchant for the landscapes of her childhood. A graduate of the University of Victoria, she produced her first installation in 1983 (My Father’s Backyard) in the backyard of her father’s house, which appeared to her to be a green, flat, rectangle, similar to a canvas, upon which she could create. As with all her works, often created in situ, this installation was destroyed, and is preserved only in photographs. That same year, she began studying painting at Yale, then sculpture — two art forms which, for her, became one. Her installations are created with a unique assortment of materials (furniture, newspapers, rugs, clothing, plaster, plywood, metallic construction remnants) and with very original, for sculpture, use of color: brilliant, varied, bold, abundant, sometimes partially hidden, it splashes across her surfaces and gives structure to her creations. Fabric is often hung in the exhibition space, allowing her to establish a connection, which truly sets her sculptural work apart, between painting and sculpture, two dimensions and three.

“Clothing is like skin for our skin; carpets are like skin for our floors; walls are the skin of our rooms; we see the exterior skin of furniture; and paint acts as a skin on all these skins, including that of the gallery wall. All these skins are mixed and knit together,” she says. Her installations whose poetic titles often begin with gerundial phrases that imply the works are active, have become more and more monumental in scale (Recording Forever Pickled, le Consortium, Dijon, 1991) and embedded in public space (Landscape Linoleum, Openluchtmuseum voor beeldhouwkunst Mideelhiem, Anvers, 1998). In 1999, Stockholder left Brooklyn to direct the sculpture department at Yale. Several retrospectives of her work have taken place in the 2000’s.

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Camille Morineau

Translated from French by Emily Freeman.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
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Jessica Stockholder — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Jessica Stockholder, Untitled, Upward Draft, 2014, plastic garage floor tiles, copper tubing, foil, wooden pepper mill part, acrylic paint, plastic parts, electric cord, wooden branch, rubber washers, wire, shells, galvanized steel vent part, white metal bracket, orange rope, white rope, zip ties, key chain wires, orange ping pong balls, rubber, rivets. Light fixture: recessed LED ceiling fixture, 116 × 91 cm, 46 x 36 in. (height variable), © Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri, Courtesy the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano

Jessica Stockholder — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Jessica Stockholder, Untitled, 1998, linoleum, rubber mat, afghan wool, pink carpet, yarn, acrylic paint, ribbon, metal, tree trunk, rope and hardware, 97.5 × 72 × 76 cm, Courtesy the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, © Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Jessica Stockholder — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Jessica Stockholder, Peer Out to See, 2010, site-specific installation in Palacio de Cristal, Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid, © Photo: Jessica Stockholder

Jessica Stockholder — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Jessica Stockholder, Lay of the Land, 2014, orange plastic shopping bakers, drive way mirrors, oriental carpet, 15 wooden stools, acrylic paint, pendant lights and bulbs, hardware, 345 × 350 × 275 cm ((measured to top of lamps), orange element: 250 x 300 x 90 cm; 15 stools with mirrors attached: 60 x 45 x 115 cm; 2 mirrors: 35 x 82 x 58 cm; carpet: 226 x 345 cm), Courtesy the artist and C.Ar.D

Jessica Stockholder — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Jessica Stockholder, Untitled, 2003, yellow bucket, yellow fake fur, teacup, wood, furniture legs, acrylic paint, 58.4 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, © Photo: Antonio Maniscalco

Jessica Stockholder — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Jessica Stockholder, Glimpse, 2014, installation view, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano, © Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

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