Cyclical / Migratory Movements by Jennifer Vess

Cyclical / Migratory Movements by Jennifer Vess


  • December 5, 2019 - February 2, 2020
  • CSPS Hall
  • Free

Jennifer Vess received her B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Georgia. Her work has been included in both regional and national juried exhibitions. She is passionate about the arts in education, and her experience includes teaching art at the collegiate level and at the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, as well as holding the position of Art Director at Zoo Atlanta Summer Safari Camp. She was selected for the Chulitna Artist in Residence Program in Alaska for the summer of 2017. She has been invited as a guest juror for an art fair and has presented her work at universities and national conferences. She received her M.A. in May 2019, and she is currently completing her M.F.A. in Painting at the University of Iowa. She lives and works in Iowa City, IA.

In the artist’s own words:

"As a vessel with the ability to carry, contain and protect, a boat historically has been referred to in the feminine. “Cyclical” and “Migratory Movements” explore the maternal relationships rooted in a biological passing on of life. The performance explores the idea of liminality that exists in perceived dualities: internal and external, beauty and the grotesque, life and death. While in form the vessel alludes to a boat, it also exists as a womb, a hollow structure that

functions as the residue that remains of a past life. The performance engages and activates the object for further questioning, an empty object that allows me to fill it with my own subconscious. Dragging this vessel through the snow, not clear of a destination, I pursue the journey of carrying, pulling, navigating and coming to terms with the cyclical patterns we often find ourselves repeating."