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Jessica Rath


Jessica RathArtist’s Statement

Investigating the point of human intervention in the natural world, Jessica Rath questions the drive of the naturalist, artist, and scientist to contain and beget beauty within the landscape, whether in the cultivated ground of agriculture and in our own backyards. This exploration began with “Tree Peel” (Otis College, 2009), an 18-foot yellow latex mold of a dying apricot tree. For the next three years she immersed herself in the endangered apple varieties collected by Cornell’s University’s Plant Genetics Resource Unit and the striking architecture of hybrid experiments by Cornell apple breeder Dr. Susan Brown to produce “take me to the apple breeder.” With the current work “Ripe” (C.O.L.A. 2014) the artist explores tomatoes, from their discovery in the Andes to contemporary Florida politics dictating their aesthetics.

Her upcoming exhibition “A Better Nectar” (California State University-Long Beach University Art Museum, 2015) stems from a 2007 bee swarm experience and research at University of Nevada-Reno’s Bee Lab. In “Nectar” viewers will experience a multi-sensory, human-scaled native bumblebee nest sculpture emanating human voice interpretations of bee communication, and stamen sculptures, based on flowers that have over evolutionary time developed necessity for “buzz pollination,” a tone bees resonate through the stamen to release pollen.

Website: jessicarath.com

Biography

Solo Exhibitions

2015
a better nectar, California State University Long Beach Art Museum, CA

2014
Buzz Pollinate: Slits, Pores, and Valves, Theodore Payne Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

2012
take me to the apple breeder, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, New York
take me to the apple breeder, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

Group Exhibitions

2014
Daughters of Bad Girls , Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship Exhibition , Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013
Something about a Tree, curated by Linda Yablonsky, The Flag Art Foundation, NY
Weird Science, Jack Hanley Gallery, NY

Awards and Grants

2014
The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, New York, NY

2013
City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA

2012
Center for Cultural Innovation ARC Grant, Los Angeles

2010
Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Artistic Innovation Grant, Los Angeles

EDUCATION

MFA Art 1996
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

BA Sociology & Art 1990
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Post Baccalaureate Studies 1990-1993
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Painting & Sculpture Studies 1990-1993
Skinnskatteberg Art College, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

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