United States of America
Jenny Ustick is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, USA and a member of the collaborative group Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running. She was selected to be part of the Palimpsest Project , a mural painting residency that invites emerging artists to perform visual dialogues between the works of each other in the terrace of ´ace. Jenny’s mural will add new images and conversations among previous interventions which were begun by the Colombian Felipe Garcia and continued by Kiik Create (Puerto Rico-USA), Buck Teeth Girls Club (Canada), ALMA (Brazil), Cosby Hayes (USA) and Toia Grehan (Argentina).
In the contexts of solo and public work, I move between considering myself as both an individual and representative of larger systems and histories. I am rooted in traditional approaches to drawing, painting, and mural making, but also use sculpture, installation, fibers, and time-based media. With an inward lens, I often return to self-portraiture and self-as-subject, considering generational history and meta-narrative. Facing outward, public work grows out of community engagement. The importance of meeting people, learning about the history of a community, and about the aspirations, pride, and sometimes mourning of its people is as important as the visual contribution. Each community and site offers a new opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge, affection, and connection to place and to others.
Recognizing that self-image is constructed in layers, fistulae, and fusions, recent solo work traces the genealogy of certain facets of popular culture: western fashion trends, literary and art-historical influences of the taste-makers shaping popular televisual and film culture, and appropriation. I see connections as far back as the emergence of a Baroque middle class, and the act of using consumption and display of acquisitions (of knowledge, of goods) to communicate sophistication and status. Recent and developing upheaval in American and European politics and the potential of history repeating itself are driving new work. I am focused on the power of symbols to create and enforce cultural myths and imagery that demonstrates our similarities as beings with simple motives and drives, even while we focus on differences.
1977 | Cincinnati, USA.
She lives and works in the USA
2000 | BFA in Painting, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, USA
2005 | MFA in Painting, at the University of Cincinnati, USA
2016 | Sisters of the Moon: Art & the Feminine Dimension, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, USA
2016 | Drawing Never Dies, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, Colorado, USA
2016 | re:cloak, 1305 Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
2015 | Governors Island Art Fair, New York, New York, USA
2011 | Majr Gazr, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Encounters, Site Specific
Muralism in the City
PALIMPSEST PROJECT IN THE PUBLIC SPACE
Within the framework of the ´acePIRAR | Artist-in-Residency International Program, Kiik Create (New York-Puerto Rico) and Toia Grehan (Argentina) –artists who had been in residence in previous years– made a 45 meters mural in collaboration with the current artist-in-residence Jenny Roesel Ustick (USA) in the Plaza Gurruchaga of the Villa Crespo neighborhood in Buenos Aires.
This was a project in which the coincidence of wills, desire to work for the community and the talent of the artists resulted in the creation of a work in the public space of the city, which functioned as an extension of the networking produced by residences between the artists and all of them with the community of the City of Buenos Aires.
The mural was possible thanks to the collaboration of Comuna 15 de Buenos Aires, Graffitimundo and Sinteplast.