Jessie Binder’s art is beguilingly simple, but her paintings are the result of well calculated accumulations of mark making and abstraction. Memories and feelings from everyday life are at the heart of her work and the inspiration for her creative process, intuitively selecting colors to convey just the right mood. At first glance they can be wildly disorienting, with no immediate image or recognizable forms, as if we were unexpectedly struck from behind or witnessing the afterimage of bright fireworks. The chaos alone can be enough to hold our gaze. However, the magic of Binder’s work comes from longer looks, as images begin to come into focus just as we begin to let our minds wander: an hourglass, a house, a landscape begins to emerge, not as a photograph, but as a distant memory, a faded and blurry image on the peripherals of our mind. Looking at her work is like trying to remember an old friend’s face from a dream; we know that it’s there, but the image is just on the tip of our tongues.

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  • Fuilles Vertes

    This piece was about the posture of the person and how it connected to a natural element like green leaves.I elongated the neck to give the figure a bird-like quality and softness. I enjoy letting the watercolor bleed and move on its own and then I go back in to add structure. Shereene Fogenay was born […]

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  • Can’t Help Falling in Love

    A “holy” portrait of being a modern day artist and performer in Las Vegas. Over the course of the nearly 11 minute video loop, Heidi transforms in and out of being Elvis from inside a neon shrine. The sculpture is about identity, performance, transformation and the labor that goes into being an artist.

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