“Jessica Wohl: Domestic Disturbance” opening talk and reception

  • on 30 Nov 2012
  • Convocation Hall, University Art Gallery

Sewanee’s University Art Gallery presents Jessica Wohl: Domestic Disturbance. In the tradition of explorations of the uncanny, Wohl’s show combines installation and embroidered drawings to pull the viewer into an unsettling domestic environment, at once deeply familiar and deeply alienating. The exhibition will open at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 with a reception and a conversation with the artist in Convocation Hall, led by Dr. Kelly Whitmer of the History Department. It will be on display until Feb. 17, 2013.

Wohl is fascinated by the disjunction between the glossy perfection of the houses and lives represented in advertising imagery and the conflicts and disappointments of much-less-perfect lived experience. At a time when so many families have lost their homes to the mortgage crisis, Wohl’s work holds up the American Dream of home ownership, and the ideals of security and loving family life associated with that dream, for examination. Domestic Disturbance reminds us that homes, and the people and relationships they contain, can disappoint us, betray us, and hide secrets. (Image above: "Hold," 2012, ink and gouache on magazine page, courtesy of the artist.)

Jessica Wohl was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2001 and her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2010. Originally trained as an illustrator, her current studio practice includes drawing, painting, collage, installation and performance.

Wohl is an assistant professor of art, teaching drawing and painting at Sewanee. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Nashville, Finland, Norway and Italy.

Sewanee’s University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South. The gallery is free, accessible, and open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The University Art Gallery will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 14.