JESSICA H. WEINBERG
PAINTING & POTTERY | NYC
Jessica Helen Weinberg is an American artist and designer based in Queens, NY. She is the 2016 recipient of the Mary O. Fritchie Art Fair, Outstanding New Artist award. She received a BFA from The Museum School of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston in 2012.
Her pottery and paintings have been featured at West Elm and sold annually at Housing Works; Design on a Dime in collaboration with Marc Houston Lifestyle & Interiors. Her ceramic brand, Firehouse Pottery Co., focuses on rustic, functional kitchen and homewares. Her signature porcelain and cobalt blue patterning is inspired by early colonial stoneware, namely the works of the Pennsylvania Dutch and American folk art objects.
ABSTRACTS; Her abstract paintings merge an exciting display of expressionistic, fluid mark making with enigmatic, monolithic renderings. Standing over the canvas with a brush in either hand, Weinberg describes her process as both violent and harmonious; layers are covered with one hand and tightened by the other. The piece develops but the "monolithic" under drawing remains. Block-like or house shaped in form, its' contour looms behind the image, contained and overlapped by energetic brush strokes. This series vibrates with a sense of duality, appearing, at first, to be loose and liberated while also displaying a distressed and binding strength.
BARNS; An oil painting series, focuses on the monolithic structure of the American barn. A common thread within her work, as also expressed through abstraction, the “monolith” is a metaphor for containment, emotional weight and solidarity. Cut edges and planted walls raise questions regarding entry, or lack there of. They are dense, independent subjects packed with considerable care,“My barns are less about the landscape and much more about the barn as a statement of risk, bounty and stubborn settlement. It is a spiritual feeling for me to see a barn; there is a gravity around it.”