Saturday, 13 July 2013

emerging artist: Jasmine Wallace


Jasmine Wallace is a Canadian Sculptor Born in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.  She comes from a family of self taught artists and grew up in the artist community of Vancouver Island. Influenced by the various disciplines of the studio artists that surrounded her, she quickly began an art making practice using whatever materials were at hand. Since that time her art making practice has been constant and diverse. In 2005 she graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Minor in Drawing and a Major in Ceramics. During that time she studied abroad as an assistant on a large public sculptural project with Professor Neil Forrest at the Sculpture Symposium, International Ceramic Center in Guldageraard, Denmark. In 2010 she completed a Master’s of Fine Arts with a Major in Ceramics and a Minor in Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Currently she lives and works in Vancouver.


Witnessing the processes of time and history – construction, deconstruction and the transformation of cities with the resulting affects on the landscape are the main source material for the work.  I am interested largely in the spaces that have been abandoned, destroyed and transformed by such actions, such as dead zones, pockets of lands cut off by roadways, abandoned industrial areas and residual landscapes. In these locations the natural environment and the built environment interact.  Within these forgotten spaces the two worlds are allowed to form a relationship freely without any form of maintenance or control.  The resulting relationships are the main inspirations for my sculptures, drawings and installations.

Focusing on how plants and organic life intermingle within urban centers, each work deals with the tension between the natural world and the built world. Drawing inspiration from the cracks in sidewalks and other concrete constructions where plants defiantly push themselves through; I am reminded of the constant wrestling between the built and the natural. We can all witness the persistence of the natural world through the invasive grasses and weeds that bust through sidewalks, tear down fences and destroy gutters. What is most inspiring is this idea that no matter how hard we try to pave over nature, hide or destroy it, it keeps fighting back and persevering. These small acts of defiance are positive affirmations of the endurance of life in our seemingly chaotic and unstable world – that no matter what happens – life will persist.

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