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Jessica Halonen
updated: 06/07/2012
website: www.jessicahalonen.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Rx Garden: Abbreviated Sample (2009-2012)
Rx Garden: Sticky Ends (plant press)
Rx Garden: Sticky Ends (1)
Sticky Ends 3
Target 9
Target 1
Target 2
Rx Garden: Untitled (VePesid)
Rx Garden: Untitled (Taxol 1)
Rx Garden: Untitled (Taxol 2)
Untitled Web
Rx Garden Log Pile
Rx Garden Log Pile (DETAIL)
Harvested (Taxol)
Leaves (Defoliated)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, nature, organic, science, systems, abstract, historical, biomorphic, landscape, repetition
 
 
Rx Garden: Abbreviated Sample (2009-2012) by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden: Abbreviated Sample (2009-2012)
Installation view: McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
2012
Dimensions variable
Rx Garden: Sticky Ends (plant press) by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden: Sticky Ends (plant press)
Maple, sycamore, cedar and pecan, epoxy resin, acrylic pigment and gouache on plywood and paper pedestal
2012
12.25 " x  10.5 "  x 14.5 " 
Rx Garden: Sticky Ends (1) by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden: Sticky Ends (1)
Oak, pecan, epoxy resin and acrylic pigment
2009
30" x  15"  x 20" 
Sticky Ends 3 by Jessica Halonen
Sticky Ends 3
Birch, cherry and pecan branches, acrylic pigment and resin on cedar stand
2010
50 " x  20 "  x 20 " 
Target 9 by Jessica Halonen
Target 9
Gouache on paper
2012
18 " x  15 " 
Target 1 by Jessica Halonen
Target 1
Gouache on paper
2009
30" x  22" 
Target 2 by Jessica Halonen
Target 2
Gouache on paper
2009
30" x  22" 
Rx Garden: Untitled (VePesid) by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden: Untitled (VePesid)
Gouache on paper
2010
15 15 " x  11 11 " 
Rx Garden: Untitled (Taxol 1) by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden: Untitled (Taxol 1)
Gouache on paper
2008
15 " x  11 " 
Rx Garden: Untitled (Taxol 2) by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden: Untitled (Taxol 2)
Gouache on paper
2008
15 " x  11 " 
Untitled Web by Jessica Halonen
Untitled Web
Paper pulp and acrylic pigment
2010
68" x  36" 
Rx Garden Log Pile by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden Log Pile
wood, encaustic medium and pigment
2008
15" x  20"  x 15" 
Rx Garden Log Pile (DETAIL) by Jessica Halonen
Rx Garden Log Pile (DETAIL)
wood, encaustic medium and pigment
2008
15" x  20"  x 15" 
Harvested (Taxol) by Jessica Halonen
Harvested (Taxol)
Cut paper on paper
2011
16 " x  12 " 
Leaves (Defoliated) by Jessica Halonen
Leaves (Defoliated)
Rusted Steel, seven elements, life-sized
2008
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My work explores relationships between the body, nature and medical world. My ongoing Rx Garden project investigates the historical and contemporary practices of producing pharmaceuticals, including the controversial use of genetically engineered plants and animals.

 

I combine aspects of sculpture and painting with the visual language of biotechnology, to create rigorously crafted, idiosyncratic objects using traditional and non-traditional art materials. I have long been attracted to the design qualities found in biological diagrams as a form of abstraction. Repetition, shape and color are prominent elements in my work and reference the science involved in altering an organism’s DNA.

 

My materials respond to the production of nature by combining organic substances with synthetic materials for example, splicing together multiple species of wood with acrylic resin. The marketed palette used in the pharmaceutical industry influence my color choices.

 

I strive for restraint as I feel issues involving science and ethics are most powerful when revealed subtly. I want my message to reveal itself slowly through the viewer’s investigation of form and materials. I hope this project will initiate a dialogue with the ethical issues surrounding the use of genetically modified organisms and be an engaging way of disseminating information on a subject that is little known outside of the sciences.

Artist Bio / CV

JESSICA HALONEN

MFA. Painting, Washington University, St. Louis

BA. Art, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

SELECT AWARDS and RESIDENCIES

San Antonio Artist Foundation, 2009

ArtPace San Antonio Travel Grant 2008

Creative Capital Foundation, NY, Visual Art Finalist 2011 & 2008

MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH 2007

Core Fellow, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston 1999-2001

 

SOLO and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

Spinod: Gallery I, Texas State University, School of Art and Design, San Marcos, Oct 2010

Sticky Ends, Catus Bra Space, San Antonio. 2009

Rx Garden, Art Palace, Austin 2009

PLOT, Jessica Halonen and Emily Joyce, Park Projects, Los Angeles. 2007

Zone 3 to 7, Garden Project, Dallas Contemporary Center for Arts, Dallas. April 2006

Picnic Baskets, Window Works Project, ArtPace, San Antonio.  June 2004

Picnic, University of Texas San Antonio Satellite Space, San Antonio.  May 2003

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Decoy, Parsons School of Art and Design, Paris, France. November 2010

Seedlings, Dallas Contemporary, June 2010. Curated by Regine Basha.

Material Culture, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU, Feb 2008. Curated by Francis Colpitt

Drawing: New Accessions to the Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston. April 2007

I-35, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas. May 2006

From/About, Keki Gallery, Budapest. 2006

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington. Sept 2005

Trickle Down ‘Invisible Attraction’, Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, Burlington. 2005

Gardens Real and Imagined, Austin Museum of Art, Austin. Oct 2004-2005

Draw_drawing, Gallery 32, London. Aug 2004

Twang, Art Museum of Southwest Texas, Beaumont. June 2004

Floored, University of Texas at Dallas & University of Dallas.  Sept 2001

Core Exhibition 2001, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  Mar 2001

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

The Minute Maid Corporation, Houston