Artist Statement

“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it…Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.” -Alan Perlis

Life involves billions of complicated variables that determine psychological, social, economic, and religious experience among others. Whether such circumstances determine the quality of life is pure choice.In an attempt to understand my own existence, I prefer to tackle those questions in my work. Through ceramics or printmaking, I often find myself in a pursuit for reasoning and balance in the figure.

I rely heavily on the textural surface of the work because I find tactility as a quality that resonates with sensuality and existence. I want my work to breathe; respiration is a common denominator among the living. I gravitate towards the manipulation of the figure, often digging into the muscular-skeletal system for inspiration, and then twisting forms to create cyclical, subconscious narratives. Similar to the layering of skin, muscle, and bone, I invest time in working with multiple layers in order to discuss complexity, be it physically or mentally.

Process is as important to me as media. I have been developing recent work using native clays and handmade paper to incorporate into the surface of the work. Abstraction of imagery is the initial start for the work and has developed more with the inclusion of carving through the surface to reveal unseen layers. The physical interaction with the work is necessary to understand it; in the work I am able to connect my conceptual and physical struggle. The importance of the reductive process is to create visual depth; it acts as the final stage of the concept.

Jessica Fong