January 19 – February 25, 2018
“My work highlights similarities between patterns and systems in nature and human biology. By acknowledging our embodiment of nature, perhaps we can care for the ecosystems that sustain us as much as we care for our own bodies.”
Jessica Mongeon of Russellville, AR, uses acrylic paint and collage to explore geographic formations, organisms, and natural phenomena. She received her BFA in Visual Art-Painting and BA in Communication from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, in 2008 and her MFA in Painting from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2013 (both summa cum laude). She taught art at UW-Barron County until 2016 and is now Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations at Arkansas Tech University, Russellville. Her influences include Abstract Expressionism, Chinese landscape painting, artists Julie Mehretu and Gerhard Richter, and writers Rebecca Solnit, Rick Bass, Barbara Kingsolver, and Gary Snyder. Her current work features acrylic paintings on tree-free paper made from stone and resin, as well as rice paper collage on watercolor paper.
I observe nature and then abstract it through the process of acrylic painting and collage. My color palette contains bright, saturated, and expressive hues, evoking a strangeness that appeals to or shocks the senses rather than imitating reality. My work highlights similarities between patterns and systems in nature and human biology. By acknowledging our embodiment of nature, perhaps we can care for the ecosystems that sustain us as much as we care for our own bodies.
Mongeon has shown her work nationally and internationally, including at University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, AR (solo, 2017); River Valley Arts Center, Russellville, AR (solo, 2017); University of Arkansas-Pulaski Tech, North Little Rock, AR (solo, 2017); Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, FL (juried, 2017); UW-Fond Du Lac (solo, 2016); The Painting Center, New York, NY (juried, 2016); Vermont Studio Center Gallery, Johnson, VT (invited, 2016); and 203 Art Gallery, Shanghai, China (invited, 2016). Her residencies include Visitor Center Sustainable Practices Symposium, Ewen, MI (2015) and Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, New Berlin, NY (2013).