Since my arrival in New York City, my studio practice has changed significantly. I find it fitting to adjust my internet presence. The new jessicaforrestal.com presents a portfolio of my most recent work and has a blog within the same site. My WordPress blog and images of past work will remain, but I will be updating jessicaforrestal.com moving forward. I look forward to sharing my NYC art adventures!
New Normal: A Journey
The Oak Room in Crabbe Hall at the University of Northern Colorado
Reception from 4-6pm
I am excited that this exhibit has been noticed by the press!! The Greeley Tribune printed an article about my work. Below is the front page of the article. The full article is also available on the Greeley Tribune website.
Since I left teaching in May, many opportunities have come my way. In August I was hired on as an intern at the Denver Art Museum which allowed me to see the inner workings of the museum. I remained connected to art education and programming as I aided my superiors in the implementation of Final Friday events at the DAM. My solo exhibit in September was a success and I was a part of a group exhibition at the Firehouse Art Gallery in November. I also sold some pieces and completed a commission for a couple in Chicago.
Aside from a busy work and exhibition schedule, I also completed six more credits at UNC which included writing my thesis about the body of work I have produced. The intense amount of writing required to complete a thesis may have contributed to my aversion to writing a new blog post. I have three credits left this spring and I plan to graduate in May with a MA in Art and Design. This past fall I also made the decision to apply to MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programs for Fall 2014. Working with my professors at the University of Northern Colorado made me thirst for more interactions with professionals in the field. I enjoy being challenged and have grown as an artist. The application process was quite lengthy and I am proud to report I submitted all of my applications well in advance of the deadline! Now I anxiously await responses from schools.
On to the latest news! My first solo exhibition of 2014 opens next week at UNC. The opening reception is from 4-6 in the Oak Room Gallery on the UNC campus. This morning I finished hanging the exhibit and met with a reporter from the Greeley Tribune. An article about my exhibit is set to be published on Tuesday, so I will definitely blog again next week.
Please join me tonight from 6-10pm for First Friday! It might be a bit chilly, but it is well worth the effort!
First Friday Reception
635 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204
My solo exhibition opened three weeks ago and will be up until October 12th. I was bit exhausted after the final push to get everything accomplished and, as a result, my blog has been silent since. But, the exciting news is that I have seventeen new works to share!
Today, I would like to share the first of my five sculptural pieces that are currently on display at Anthology Fine Art. Restriction is 3 x 4 feet in size and I constructed the form using wire, fiber, and wallpaper paste. Once dry, I applied several layers of primer before adding acrylic paint and drawings of the spine. This piece is highly textural which makes it a must-see in person!
Anthology Fine Art will be hosting another First Friday Reception a week from today on October 4th from 6-10pm.
The First Friday reception at Anthology Fine Art is starting in just a few hours. The opening reception last night was a success and, if you could not make it, I hope you can join me tonight! Champagne and snacks will be served.
Pieces by Jessica Forrestal
First Friday Reception September 6th 6-9pm
Anthology Fine Art
635 Santa Fe Drive
Artist Statement: In an instant our lives can shift in ways for which we are unprepared. The life that we once knew is permanently altered and a new existence becomes reality. Pieces is a multifaceted installation that addresses the physical and psychological impact of a life-changing diagnosis. Utilizing common household materials and re-purposing disposable objects, this body of work speaks to the cyclical death and rebirth that occurs on a minute or immense scale. Grief over the loss of the life we once recognized transforms into reconstruction and discovery of the new version of life we are to lead.