Mapping Space & Landscape
October 14, 2020 – January 12, 2021
Curated by Nava Levenson, Mapping Space & Landscape is a selection of documentation as artwork, such as still images from performances, pinhole photography, roadside writing, and puppets used for animation. Mapping Space & Landscape features work from four regional artists: Adele Ball, Rosemary Kate Jesionowski, S. E. Phillips, and Kim Sandara. The works included consider the passage of time, personal and historical lineage, and how these are mapped differently in each artist’s creative process.
Adele Ball is an interdisciplinary designer and writer whose work centers on movement, community, wheels, and cycles. The van dispatch series were written and drawn during her habitation of a converted Chevy van and were her low-tech way of exploring and reporting back to her community in Virginia.
Rosemary Kate Jesionowski was born in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and her MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a year of graduate study at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, all with an emphasis in photography. She has exhibited her work most notably in Chicago, IL, New York City, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Cleveland, OH, and Richmond, VA. After a decade of teaching at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, Rosemary has recently relocated to Lake Charles, LA. Here, she is an active member of the arts community and teaches a variety of courses in Photography as Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at McNeese State University.
S. E. Phillips is a multi-media artist working in Harrisonburg, Virginia in sculpture, performance, and photography, and text. Her work is about ritual, self, body, landscape, obligation, and their intersections. Sarah completed a CS in Arts and international Cooperation at the Zurich University of the Arts in March 2020, and is in her final year of the intermedia MFA program at James Madison University.
Kim Sandara is a Lao/Vietnamese artist from Northern Virginia based in Brooklyn, NY. The 270 Million Project is a commitment to create 270 ink paintings resembling Rorschach tests, listening to only Lao music. Each painting represents 1 million American cluster bombs dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War. $100 of the first 135 painting sales will go to Legacies of Wars, a non-profit working on advocacy, education and funding the removal of unexploded bombs currently still in the country. The next $100 from each of the remaining 135 painting sales will go to COPE, a facility which aids in physical therapy for the thousands of people affected by the bombs after the war. These paintings will be displayed in a grid formation at the 2021 Bresler solo shows at VisArts in Rockville, MD and a spring 2021 show at Montgomery College. The grid display echoes the idea of maps used to clear out the cluster bombs. With each sale there will be missing parts to the grid. Each missing spot represents the impact a community can have on empathizing and solving a problem if they come together. This work speaks to intergenerational trauma, the immigrant/refugee family experience, notions of home, war, identity and resilience.