Untitled(Affirmations for Living)
Limited edition for LA><ART
Untitled (Affirmations for Living)
Using acetate and found paper, Jemison produces mixed media works that draw attention to their status as arbitrary and accidental. Building on part of her larger Affirmations for Living Series, Jemison’s edition depicts a mantra entitled “If I Could” scribed by the artist’s fourteen-year old cousin as a personal inspirational text written in the present conditional shortly before he fell victim to a shooting in Chicago. “Affirmations for Living,” referred to in the edition title, was a text originally published as the prologue to a street fiction novel that she discovered in 2009. Jemison’s edition is made by layering a print of his inspirational text over a gessoed support with paper collage, making it an image that is never truly stabilized or complete.
Steffani Jemison is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Fore at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Elizabeth Foundation, Real Art Ways, and the Bronx Museum of Art (2013). She has participated in artist residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (2012), Project Row Houses (2010-2011), the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2009-2011), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008). Jemison was a 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo exhibition at LA><ART marks her first in Los Angeles.
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