Jessica Mongeon is professional artist and educator whose paintings combine nature and abstraction. She grew up in rural North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota; then completed a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Montana State University. She has exhibited her paintings widely in the United States in invitational and juried exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: Intrinsic Terrain, Fort Bragg, CA, North of the 45th, The Devos Art Museum in Marquette Michigan and a solo exhibition in Eau Claire, WI.
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN
Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Artist Residency, New Berlin, NY
I explore geographic formations, organisms and natural phenomena, through the medium of acrylic paint. My painting process allows for spontaneity and chaos to play a role, as a way to connect to disorder and entropy. This involves spraying, dripping, and applying color with wide hake brushes onto an absorbent panel. An otherworldly element is added as I contort and manipulate the illusion of space on the painted surface, intuitively working in layers. Pours, drips and blooms of pigment speak to gravity and help to create an illusion of deep space or surface tension.
I often incorporate photocopy transfers into my paintings to create a direct visual link to the observed world. I then subvert this stability by changing the surroundings and spatial cues. Terrain is composed of fractals, so without a frame of reference it can be nearly impossible to determine scale; an image of duckweed in a pond could appear to be a satellite view of Earth.