"No matter how I begin, the picture plane eventually suggests a vast field."
Like zoomed in alien snapshots, Jean Hess’ work suggests galactic cartography of our earth in a way we have never seen before. Her paintings capture secret highways, pixelated omissions and cloudy galaxies that stand between us and them.
Other works are primitive and dreamy with an almost homespun coziness. But they could be landscapes made by children from another world. All seemingly from an aerial perspective, never quite touching down, rarely connecting, but observing placidly and admiringly. “I typically begin with an infrastructure of abstract collage created from fragments of print ephemera, bits of fabric, and other materials like pencil, paint, and thread. These first passages of color, line and form then suggest subsequent layers.” And the results are hypnotic.
EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK BY JEAN HESS