Jessica Eastburn


Isotope, 2011, acrylic and gouache on paper, 11 x 15 in.

Ferris Wheel, 2011, acrylic and gouache on paper, 15 x 11 in.

9.0, 2011, acrylic and gouache on paper, 54 x 40 in.

Cross Traffic, 2011, acrylic and gouache on paper, 11 x 15 in.

Reverse Glacier, 2010, acrylic and gouache on paper, 15 x 11 in.

Wipeout, 2011, acrylic and gouache on paper, 11 x 15 in.

Land Of The Setting Sun, 2011, acrylic and gouache on paper, 11 x 15 in.

Artist Statement

I make drawings that mimic the digitization of our lives by employing the same sort of precise and mechanical style of computer-generated images, however, I produce the drawings wholly by hand using “antiquated” technology such as the ruler and compass.  The work itself illustrates an inner-world of mappable but unknowable universes.  At the outset of a drawing, a loose set of parameters is decided upon to inform color and spatial relationships.  These parameters act as an arbitrary system to inform and limit the composition.  I take elements of language, music, design, and other communication systems, and reinterpret and reassemble them through shape and color synthesis.  While the drawings may be informed by my surroundings, this is not necessarily what I am trying to delineate.  The imagery that I use is subordinate to the systems themselves.  In this way the work is akin to meditation maps wherein the process of creating the work is as important for me as the outcome.

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