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I traveled to Shanghai, China January 3rd – 13th for the ArtShape Mammoth Symposium and Art Exhibition. Vera Sun, who lives in Shanghai, was our curator, interpreter and guide.

Special thanks to Vera, Amy and ArtShape Mammoth for all of the planning. And to all of my generous friends and family who made the trip financially possible through an Indiegogo fundraising campaign. I also received funding from a University of Wisconsin – Barron County Professional Development grant.

Thank you Chen Qiang, Que Fengguo, Pan Wei and Huang Yuanqing for letting us tour your art studios and for sharing in the art conversation, the Vanke Center and curator Polo for hosting the 5×5 event, and the East China Normal University Art Department.

The art exhibition was held at Gallery 203 at 50 Moganshan Road, which is a popular art district in Shanghai.

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Visiting Artist Lecture at East China Normal University. My lecture was titled, “Mountains to Forests, How Nature Influences Art”

A conversation between 5 artists from the U.S. and China at the Vanke Center:

Art around the city:

The Bund:

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Hello,

I have the chance to go to China in January to show my artwork at the Mingyuan Art Museum in a group exhibition with 6 other artists. I will also visit artist studios and galleries in Shanghai, so I need to raise some funds for my travel expenses. Please check out my Indiegogo campaign, this is a great opportunity to acquire some of my original art for a great price! Please share with your friends as well to get the word out.

Here’s the link:

Help me go to China to Exhibit my artwork!

Thanks!

Jessica

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Of the Earth: Paintings by Jessica Mongeon opened May 1 in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the Volume One Gallery on Dewey Street.

The show has been getting a lot of press, including an interview in the Volume One Magazine (the headquarters happen to be in the same building as the show), an article in the local Rice Lake Newspaper, and a radio interview on Western Wisconsin Public Radio’s Arts Spectrum West program.

You can listen to the interview by clicking the link below. My part begins at 22 min. into the program.

http://www.wpr.org/listen/759006

Since many of you won’t be driving to Eau Claire this summer, I included a gallery of many of the paintings as well as some photos of the installation. The rest of the paintings can be found on my website. The exhibition closes July 4th.

Here are some photos from the opening.

11 x 14 in. Works on paper, Acrylic, photo transfer on watercolor paper

Saturday was the opening for Intrinsic Terrain, a two person exhibition at the Lost Coast Culture MachineJannell Turner flew into San Francisco from Brooklyn and I flew in from Minneapolis, we rented a car and drove up the coast and through wine country to Fort Bragg. It was a fun trip, and the exhibition looks great. It was nice to visit with people who attended the show from the area. Now we have displayed our paintings on both coasts.

Intrinsic Terrain presents ideas of wilderness and environment in contemporary painting from a psychological viewpoint, using color and movement to manipulate traditional landscape views into an expression of a deeper state of being. The rugged and varied landscapes of the Northern California coast are the perfect setting for this series. The exhibition will be on display until February 22, 2015, and was facilitated by ArtShape Mammoth.

Gallery Dog, Virgil – A gentle giant

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While stopping at a scenic overlook we randomly met these two photographers, they took our portrait and let me snap this photo of them. I love it!

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Well, I did it. I stuck with my drawing-a-day project for the entire year of 2014.

I have never been into New Year’s Resolutions, and the ones I made tend to be vague. I tend to be hard on myself so I try not to make goals that will only end up in disappointment.

I have to admit that I missed a few days off and on that I never made up. Instead of giving up, or trying to make up the drawings later in the year, I let it go and kept going. I’m proud that I gave it my best. I ended up with about 360 drawings for the year. I decided not to make up those missed drawings, my style has changed over the months so it wouldn’t be authentic. They exist as blank pages, also as a reminder of what a crazy, exciting month I had in July between ending a job, interviewing for a teaching position in Wisconsin, and attending a family reunion.

It’s fun to see all the places that I’ve been (and drawn) in 2014. The year starts out at my apartment in Grand Forks, ND, then a trip to New York for an art exhibition and to see family, summer trips to the farm in North Dakota, the mountains of Bozeman, Montana, and a family vacation in Minnesota. Finally I ended up in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, where I currently live and work as an art instructor at the college.

Here’s a selection of drawings from my year. I started out with micron marker and eventually switched to colored pencil.

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Microcosm II 24 x 30 in. Acrylic, carbon transfer on wood panel   Prints are available on Saatchiart.com 

I like my work to mean different things to different people, that’s why I usually don’t list the types of organisms or structures that are part of my paintings. But… spoiler Alert! Here’s a list of what you can see in this one. I love how the shapes and patterns of these small organisms mimic aerial views.

These are the carbon transfers from photos that I took in Northwest Wisconsin in the Blue Hills.

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club moss (lycopodium)

One of the source photos:

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This painting (and myself) will be traveling to Ft. Bragg California in January for an exhibition at the Lost Coast Culture Machine. It is a two-person exhibition with Jannell Turner, who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Check it out! Intrinsic Terrain – January 17- Feb 22, 2015

Check out Jannell’s work here, It’s amazing!

I just finished documenting two of my new paintings, Epoch I and Microcosm I. They are the start of two new series. Microcosm will incorporate imagery that relates to microscopic images; for example “Microcosm I” appears to have plant cell imagery because of the way the the pigments in the acrylic paint interact.

A class project that I introduced to my 2-Dimensional Design students involved going to the Botany lab and looking at slides and creating artwork based on those slides. Here are some examples:

Back to my work – Microcosm I 30 x 40 in. Acrylic, carbon transfer on panel

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The second series is based on geological landscape formations. I have already created quite a few paintings related to this theme, but as a more abstracted reference.

Epoch I 38 x 48 in. Acrylic, carbon transfer on canvas

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In January I started a project to complete one drawing a day for the entire year. This summer it has been a lot of fun to draw outside. Here is a selection of my Plein Air drawings from North Dakota.

I recently moved to North Dakota (my home state) and set up a new studio. I’m loving having a space in my apartment so that I can work whenever I want to. It is especially convenient to stay indoors, since there have already been four blizzards in one month. I am calling this time of transition after graduate school my Tundra Residency. In fact, as I write this post Blizzard Era Bell is giving us 50 mph winds and -45 degree wind chills. (The Grand Forks newspaper names the blizzards after local residents).

I’ve also started a drawing-a-day project for the year of 2014. I will be posting photos of these soon. 

Here are two of my most recent paintings in my new series based on snow piles in North Dakota. All of the “mountain ranges” that you see are actually photos of snow taken out of context and presented without scale indicators.

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Grand Illusion 16 x 20 x 1.5 in. Acrylic, photo transfer on panel

 

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Transience 8 x 10 x 1.5 in. Acrylic, photo transfer on panel

 

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 My studio in a state of disarray.