Linfield Gallery hosts New York sculptor for ‘Blonde Ambition’ show

Blonde Ambition, Roxanne JacksonLinfield Gallery will hold a reception for New York-based sculptor and ceramic artist Roxanne Jackson on Saturday, April 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. An artist talk in conjunction with her exhibit, “Blonde Ambition,” will be held Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery.

Jackson, whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, explores themes of death and transformation. Her work is focused on natural processes of decay and destruction, particularly when they come in conflict with human systems. Nature is referenced, for example, not by depicting the virile stag, but by illustrating its inevitable decay.

Jackson’s work is also seasoned with black humor that draws on the banality of pop culture and echoes the contradictions of contemporary culture and the natural world.

She has been known to re-appropriate imagery from horror films, particularly the moment of transformation when a human becomes a beast. The imagery creates irony and tension, especially when produced in clay, a medium with historical ties to comfort and beauty.

Horror movies depict a dark side of human nature, and mutated creatures created in the murky depths of our collective subconscious ride the boundaries between animal and human, conscious and subconscious, according to her artist statement.

“In my work, the human or animal figure is used as a point of departure,” Jackson said.

Jackson’s art has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, China, Germany and Great Britain. She has served as resident artist at the Ceramic Center of Berlin; Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China; Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland; and elsewhere. Jackson has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation (Minneapolis), Oregon Arts Commission, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, among others.

She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and now serves as assistant professor of ceramics at the State University of New York in Oswego, New York.

The exhibit will run from April 8 through May 11. Jackson will be on the Linfield College campus for a week during April.


Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art. Exhibits are organized by Linfield Gallery Curator and Director Cris Moss.

All exhibits are free and the public is invited. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus (map), at 900 Baker Street SE in McMinnville. Ample parking is free. For more information, call (503) 883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery online.


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