Jessica Stockholder


  • a love for color
  • unrelenting interest in the intersection of a pictorial way of looking, (or thinking,)
  •  physical matter of the body
  • the materiality of things in space. 

  • Interested in how experience of the physical world
  • its form
  • determine how and what we are capable of thinking.
  • Humans use metaphor to build elaborate abstract and concrete structures to live within. In this way I find form to be full of significance

  • Exploration of how paint meets, sticks to, or appears to jump off of, many different kinds of material. The addition of more materials put pressure on the edges of the frame.


  • Exploration of the question of boundary, proposed by the picture frame.
  • It became apparent that once having breached the boundary established by the painting frame the edges of the wall stepped in to establish boundary. And so, I moved from the wall out onto the floor in front of the wall, and then my attention moved past the walls of the room.
  • This exploration of physical boundary is resonant with the complexity of the boundaries we establish between one another in personal, social, cultural, and legal realms.
  • The question of how we exist as individuals within a larger whole from which we are inseparable, and how we manage this juncture resonates with hundreds of years of philosophy, psychology and history.

  • Making sense of ourselves, the choices we make, and our reasons for living we must account for feelings alongside thoughts. I don’t believe the two are separable. Color evokes feeling; I am not sure why, but I do know that it does.
  • I work with color, form and composition exploring the links between emotive and thoughtful response. My works provide an opportunity to reify internal mind/feeling space. For a moment the abstract insubstantial nature of feeling/thoughts can be experienced as external and embodied by material.