The Phoenix, Hand-Embellished
DIMENSIONS 20" x 16" MEDIUM oil paint, interference acrylic and archival pigment on paper
Series of 10, 2020
Each work is uniquely hand-embellished by the artist
Accompanied by a COA signed and numbered by the artist
ABOUT THE WORK
The Phoenix is a hand-embellished series of 10, accompanied by a standard limited edition of 35. Jessica Williams’ paintings blend autobiography and art history to explore subjects on the psychological edge. Her scenes are drawn from lived experience to embrace a sense of magical banality, navigating contemporary dynamics, Jewish mystical imagination, and fantasy through a lens haunted by history. Intuitively constructed, Williams' paintings are steeped in atmosphere, layering oil paint to reveal and conceal, suggesting multiple narratives. Her subjects oscillate between artifice and reality, stillness and expectation, reverie and disquiet.
Jessica Williams has a forthcoming 2021 solo exhibition at Projet Pangée (Montreal). Previous solo exhibitions have been held at SADE (Los Angeles), Galeria La Esperanza (Mexico City), and Young Art (Los Angeles). Williams has co-run Insect Gallery (Los Angeles) since 2019.
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