Both inside and out of the studio, my process involves an engagement with my environment through observation, collection, distillation, and reimagining. My notes and found objects become markers in a shifting sea, an entanglement of flotsam which sustains, unravels, and transforms the work. I aim not for resolution. Instead I seek to find points of tension, the suspension of ordinary logic, perhaps even a hint of the infinite.
Much of my recent work stems from an interest in exploring lattice-like systems. I was initially drawn to these open frameworks because of a breathable, flexible quality of a space defined by line. More and more, I became aware of lattice as a system that conceals by means of its decoration. Latticework is often placed at the edge of things, dividing house from street, public from private, form from function, man from woman.
I am led by these contradictions to examine the relationship between forms composed of line and the myriad holes within to a more abstract dialectic between form and its dissolution. I often marvel at the fluctuations of bird flocks, noticing these tensions manifest in their motion. A seemingly robust mass looms over the horizon, only to haphazardly disperse into the singular line of a telephone wire. These thoughts eventually bear the weight of forms which grow slowly, carefully. For me, the process/work/labor is fundamental. I find myself becoming entrenched in laborious methods because I enjoy the slowness and because of a certain curiosity about a system and what it will do, how it will grow. Over time, these systems take over and I find myself just watching and listening as they shift, expand, and redirect.Bio:
Mixed media artist Jessica Braiterman received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from the University of the Arts. Most recently, she studied with Jane Lackey at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
An early interest in gestural brush work led to an on-going fascination with line in space. She experiments with fibers, wire, books, and found materials seeking a balance of entanglement and light. Braiterman has had four solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the region. She has received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2007 and 2009 and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Sondheim Prize and the 2009 Trawick Prize.
Currently, she teaches in the fibers department at the Maryland Institute College of Art and lives in Lancaster, PA. www.jessicabraiterman.com