Events

Behind Closed Eyes by Jessica Chappius Reception

Events

Behind Closed Eyes by Jessica Chappius Reception

Event Details

Location:
Firehouse Gallery, 427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Date:
May 19, 2017
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
Free and open to the public
ARTIST STATEMENT

My work takes a closer look at the quiet moments which happen in our intimate bedroom spaces. When seen through the psychological lens of dream states, internal dialog, or memory, these moments become personal versions of reality, as we experience it dotted with the surreal elements of our internal worlds. I find that the time spent inhabiting these spaces in deep thought, meditation, and sleep results in a dissolving distinction between bedscape, landscape, and mindscape. The physical space of my surroundings becomes the framework for the surreal reality that exists in my mind, and likewise, my dreams, muses, and states of consciousness are projected into my perception of the external environment.

I have included pattern consistently throughout this body work, whether it be in the form of repeated shadows, floral bed sheets, or an ethereal pattern from my imagination. These patterns refer to both the bodily element of breath and heartbeat that occur during sleep, and to the various psychological motifs, habits, and cycles that form around our time spent in our beds and bedrooms. I draw inspiration from my own recurring dream elements and the visual and tactile patterns in my bedroom and of the sleeping body.

My intention for this body of work was to respond intuitively to the specific feelings which inspired each individual piece. This resulted in some variety in the way I approached the pieces, as I experimented using elements of collage, found objects and photographs, my own dream content, and traditional oil painting. I have explored feelings of nostalgia, foggy memory, confusion, longing, and isolation. Similar to the way the experience of retreating into oneself can be both comforting and painful, my works too evoke a range of emotions from playfulness or warmth to unease or melancholy.

 

ABOUT JESSICA CHAPPUIS

Jessica Chappuis is an emerging artist born in Mandeville, Louisiana and receiving her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University in May 2017. Her introspective visual works are influenced by her studies of sleep and dream psychology and explore the ways in which intimate spaces are perceived through the lens of an internal reality.  Jessica’s work has recently featured in local juried exhibitions and publications