An Interior // Jess Lincoln
ARTsPLACE Gallery, 396 St. George St., Annapolis Royal
Opening reception, Sunday, September 8, 1 – 3 pm
The exhibit runs to October 12, 2019.
An Interior is a painted room. Its scale, the intimate domestic objects and textiles depicted, wallpaper-like installation and use of mouldings imply a décor in a modest home.
The large panels each contain one central ‘figure’. This is either the artist’s body or its substitute—a mass of flowers, a heap of clothing. In the narrow margin panels there are still-lives of solitary objects: a pair of boxed pantyhose, the guts of a halved miniature pumpkin, an empty photo frame. There are strange scenes: a chair left outside in the dark, another wearing a lacy blouse and heels. An energetic figure wearing only a bed sheet, like a child’s Halloween ghost costume, reappears in each margin as a gesturing guide.
An Interior proceeds from understanding that the home and its décor are one term in a reciprocal relationship. A home’s inhabitants create and maintain it according to their needs and the conventions of their community, but the act of living in the home, interacting with it day after day, also creates and alters the inhabitants. The paintings make use of the sensual qualities of oil painting to explore the sensual and habitual process by which one makes and is made by a home. They are a meditation on the psychological import of this relationship through the lens of Lincoln’s body and experience.
Jess Lincoln makes figurative paintings with a focus on the body in intimate spaces. She received an MFA from the University of Waterloo and a BFA from NSCAD University. She lives and works in Toronto. You can see more of her work at: www.jesslincoln.ca.