Warrenville Inspired Featured Artist: Jessica Bruah

The Museum is open today from 4-7pm and Sunday from 1-4pm for the last open days of Warrenville Inspired.  Please enjoy learning a little bit about one of our featured artists Jessica Bruah and then stop by the Museum to see the show before it closes!

Jessica used Clara Wilson Albright, Adam Albright’s wife, as inspiration for her piece.

Clara Wilson Albright

Jessica Bruah’s recent work revolves around the surreal and layered identities of specific tourist areas. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2009 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2004.  She has exhibited work bothnationally and internationally, including shows at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, and Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe.  In 2010, Bruah was awarded a Swing Space artist residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  She also had two solo exhibitions in the past year: one in the fall of 2010 at Georgia College Museum for her project Stories, and one in the spring of 2011 at ACRE Projects in Chicago.  In the fall of 2012 she will be a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center.  Learn more about Jessica by vising her websites http://www.jessicabruah.com and jessicabruah.tumblr.com.

Artist Statement

“I consider myself a photographer who is as addicted to words and histories as much as I am to the frame.  To me, the frame is my visual bookmark where I can re-imagine and recreate histories. My work often depicts domestic interiors as being both comforting and restrictive places, and I am interested in the tension formed between these two dualities.  Drawing from inspiration as varied as satirical short stories, movie stills, and campy melodramas, I am interested in creating photographic tableaus from very commonplace settings.  The images are meant to depict the crux of a narrative. The scenes exist in a setting that is both part of the present and the past, merging fantasy and reality, humor and fear. “


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