February 18, 2017 at Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in Clinton.
Through her richly detailed paintings featuring imagery drawn from advertisements, New York–based artist Julia Jacquette addresses the challenges of navigating the contemporary media landscape that so directly influences our sense of personal identity and self-worth. Exposing our longing for a life that is a construct of the advertising industry, Jacquette’s work focuses on commercialized objects of desire. These material trappings are presented, often close up, in works that convey the pervasiveness of this evocative imagery.
Jacquette’s graphic memoir, Playground of My Mind, focuses on the “adventure playgrounds” that were constructed in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s set against the backdrop of the financial crisis
and social upheaval of the city during that era. Through mining her early recollections, the photographic archives of her family and her childhood neighbors, and the anthropology of Manhattan during those tumultuous decades, Jacquette situates these adventure playgrounds within both a personal and broader historical dialogue.
Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play will be on view at the Wellin Museum of Art February 18–July 2.