Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 – 25 from 6 – 8pm Exhibition Runs: October 5 – 25, 2018
Beautiful Unwanted deals with harmful invasive species and the impact they have when introduced into foreign ecosystems, usually for reasons of human greed or naïve fascination with the unfamiliar or “exotic.” The works in this exhibition are intended to acknowledge the destructive force of these species, while simultaneously honoring their aesthetic beauty and inherent value as life forms.
Jessica Kennedy is a painter living and working in Albuquerque, NM. Born in Michigan in 1982, she earned a BFA with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2005. Jessica then moved west to Albuquerque in 2006 to pursue an MFA at the University of New Mexico, where she graduated with distinction in 2009. She exhibits her complex, process-driven abstract paintings nationally and locally, recently at Matrix Fine Art, Pacific Exhibits, and 516 ARTS. She was also a participant in the Harwood Art Center’s 2015 Harvest CSA program. Jessica is a faculty member at Southwest University of Visual Arts in Albuquerque, where she teaches a variety of courses, ranging from drawing, to painting, to color, to collage. See her work at www.jessicalkennedy.com
“Love of process, action, and the physicality of paint are the driving forces of my work and the natural world is my major source for inspiration. In my paintings, I endeavor to depict, through abstraction, the physical experience of our world and the underlying metaphysical that links everything and everyone.” – Jessica Kennedy