Jasmine Alleger

Painting/Mixed Media

 


Contact Information

Philadelphia, PA 19129
e-mail: Jasmine Alleger
www.jasminepaints.com
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Artist Statement

For years my work has focused on representing acute details of my everyday life. Past work combines collaged found materials with painted imagery, collected or photographed within the coarse of my daily routines. In a sense I was creating personal journals of particularly mundane aspects of my life. With an interest in elevating the banal and celebrating routine, several bodies of work formed.

But what happens when I step out of my everyday to holiday in a foreign country? In October 2015 I spent ten days exploring the Yucatan, Mexico. With the opportunity to slow down and observe another culture, new to me, I could speculate about daily life, outside of my own. I sat in parks, restaurants, street corners, bars and bus stops filling sketchbooks. I walked for miles taking photographs, with no artistic plan in mind.

Upon returning home, several qualities stood out in my memory. First where the gorgeous hand painted floor tiles, that in this region seem common place, but to me stood out as a special characteristic. The hundreds of vintage looking VW Bugs (which where manufactured in Mexico until 2003, as the Vocho model) that reminded me of my childhood, riding in a ’74 Super Beatle on the California highways. The layers and layers of visible deteriorating paint, on homes and buildings that could be viewed as disrepair but to me seemed like abstract paintings representing years past. Finally there were the graveyards with peculiar shrine like grave markers that I have never seen elsewhere: commonplace to the locals and a representation of daily life past.

With this material fresh in my memory (and my camera) I set out to work on a series of visual depictions of a culture I merely had snap shot witness to. Over the following year, three bodies of work emerged: The Bugs of the Yucatan – VWs coupled with floor tiles, Histories – peeling house paint joined with grave makers, and A Remembered Visit, which was in progress a year after returning from the trip. After that much time I felt disconnected from Mexico and decided to use an earlier painted Mexican tile pattern with flowers I recently photographed while visiting my childhood hometown in California, joining a region that I have become a visitor to with a region that I will only ever be a visitor to.

Selected Exhibition

2016
Annual Juried Show, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

Petite Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

2015
B Square Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Industrial Philadelphia Past and Present, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

2014
30×30, Blue Line Art, Roseville, CA

I Remember, Snippet & Frame, Philadelphia, PA

The Symbiotic Relationship, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

Taste: Food For Thought, The Art Trust Gallery, West Chester, PA

2013
Say: Words Within Works, The Art Trust Gallery, West Chester, PA

Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Levy Gallery for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Feast Your Eyes, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Sneak Peek, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2×2 Show, Fringe Salon and Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Starting Journeys, Art Space Landsdale, Landsdale, PA

NASAD/ Mid-States Show, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2013
Moore College of Art and Design Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Studio Art

2010
Portland State University Portland, OR
BS, Fine Art

Awards and Honors

2012
Artist Residency, Burren College of Art, Country Clair Ireland

Lectures and Talks

2010
River City High School, West Sacramento, CA

Professional Experience

2015
Assistant Draftsman, “Wall Drawing 790 A,B,C,D” Sol LeWitt Estate, Franklin Square Capitol Partners, Philadelphia, PA

MLK Day of Service Mural, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
MLK Day of Service Mural, Al Aqsa Hebrew Academy

2014
Artist Assistant for Paris Stancell “Mural at 34th & Cumberland,” City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Lead Artist, MLK Day of Service Mural at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Bibliography

Galer, Lele “Art Watch: Painting on collage combines old and new,” Unionville Time, March 2014

Mars, Robert “10 of 31 Fine Examples. The Artwork of Jasmine AllegerGhosts of the Great Highway, January 2013

Book of Burren Vol. II Moore MFA Candidates – Class of 2013
Graduate Studies Catalog
, Moore College of Art and Design, 2013/14

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