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Jessica Dunegan

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Jessica Dunegan was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1977, and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Studio Art from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After working in contemporary art galleries for seven years with such renowned artists as Donald Sultan and Michael David, she began to immerse herself in her own work. Years of experimentation led to a unique process of painting in liquid resin. Her paintings have been exhibited and auctioned throughout the East Coast, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Galerie Gora in Montreal, Hubert Gallery in New York, and Robert Lange Studios in Charleston.

 

Jessica says, “I process my feelings through my artwork. Often, I visualize my emotions before I am able to articulate them. Motifs of reflection, water, and floating convey the true power of internal struggle and vulnerability. We all go through periods of instability and tension, but the courage to assess, recover, and change is beautiful. I find my technique and the resulting imagery, to be a metaphor for the journey of life: a balance of order and chaos.

 

My artistic method juxtaposes painstaking precision with various chemical reactions that are considerably out of my control. Each painting is a layered combination of archival photography on transparency film, acrylic paint, and resin. I squeeze tubes filled with paint directly into a .25 inch layer of resin while it is still in liquid form. The opaque strands of paint remain loosely delineated and hover within the transparent resin. Through experiment, I have learned to contain, and conversely spread, these buoyant strands. Once the initial layer dries, I paint directly on the resin surface to accentuate specific elements of the composition and subdue others. This process is repeated many times to create physical dimension and a unique variety of opaque, transparent, and reflective materials.”

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