Nashville, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Time-based, Performance
Jessica Gatlin is an artist, maker and part-time sorceress based in Nashville, TN. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University and MFA from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has participated in numerous residencies and fellowships including Ox-Bow School of Art & Artist Residency (Saugatuck, MI), the Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia, PA), the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts (Wroclaw, PL) and the Hamblet Artist-in-Residence program at Vanderbilt University. An interdisciplinary artist, Gatlin takes a speculative approach in pursuit of deconstructing a White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchial society that has rendered her and many others invisible.
"You have been educated and socialized into a white supremacist capitalist patriarchy with a long history (presence) of violence and colonization. You are a very tiny part of a complex and indifferent machine — a machine actively seeking to destroy that which it cannot exploit. How might you respond to learning about your programming?"
I search for ways to resist and overcome this programming. In searching, I have begun to theorize that to be fully cognizant, less susceptible beings, the brain (sapience) and the gut (sentience) must both be healthy and in constant communication. While the brain reasons and makes sense of the world, it is also highly vulnerable to forces such as societal and cultural norms. In a society that values reason over intuition, we often ignore a major function of the gut, which is to perceive or feel. Over time, this neglect leads to a buildup of messages unanswered. Overwhelmed and unable to communicate with the brain, the gut shuts off.
Through a range of media including print, video, and installation, I present my investigations and findings. Findings which only lead to more questions, many truths and multiple realities. Here, in this multiplicity, a vibration occurs.