Product Placements (2009) takes the form of “spectacular” mashups of nature and product, with motivations lying in both mundane drive-by natural worlds (cultural landscapes) and empty sugar free food packaging (consumer habits). While attempting to communicate a sense of joy and optimism, this work cannot escape underlying struggles for orientation, power, and meaning.
Jessica Westbrook’s projects explore desire, visual cues, cultural artifacts, systems, language, and contradictory sensations that vacillate between great fortune and impending catastrophe. Always semantic in nature and modular in form, she considers her productions a section of visual language culled from a complex matrix of assets, reconfigured and repurposed per space and time. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally including recent projects for: gli.tc/h/ Chicago, The Kinsey Institute, Carnegie Museum, Hirshorn Museum of American Art, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Eyedrum, Syracuse University, and Emily Carr University. She is an active collaborator with Basekamp (Philadelphia), and Channel TWo (Chicago), participating in projects that push the boundaries of curatorial and media practices. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Technology Initiatives in The Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Westbrook received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Her networked based work in collaboration with Adam Trowbridge was awarded a Terminal Commission in 2010, and a Turbulence Commission in 2011.
Jessica Westbrook – Chicago Illinois