Friday March 6, 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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This show invites the consideration of daily lives and what is underfoot, to build awareness of the subtle and to step out of normal sensory modes to engage with what we think isn’t there.
The city of Albuquerque grows interlaced with the high desert grasslands it inhabits. These grasslands are not vacant spaces to be used up and filled up, but are active, multi-storied matrices for life. Our grasslands emerge through the conversations of their inhabitants—from the sets of dynamic relationships, life stories, death stories, homes, songs, and half-heard whispers we exchange. What are the conversations of the grasslands? How can we begin to approach them without needing to understand or translate, but with an appreciation for silence? This show invites us to consider the daily lives of what is underfoot, to build awareness of the subtle, and to step out of normal sensory modes to engage with what we think isn’t there. This show is about holding a space to listen.
Jessica Zeglin uses sound, drawing, textiles, and installation to engage skills of attentiveness, listening, and care for ourselves, our human, and our other-than-human kin. Her work is field and research-based, combining perspectives from ecology, biology, fine and craft art, and decolonial critique of these fields with emphasis on the nuances of everyday life. She attempts to learn from the places she inhabits through repeated observation, listening, and decentering of self. She has shown work at the Weisman Art Museum, the Tamarind Institute, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and in parks, plazas, city, and country, to audiences of many and audiences of one. Originally from rural and small-town Wisconsin, she is currently a candidate for the MFA in Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico.