September 23, 2016 Next Thursday in Oslo
September 29 – October 23, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, September 29. 6-9pm.
Over the course of almost a year, Jessica Williams has steadily gathered polystyrene and plastic on the islands of the inner Oslofjord: pieces that have been formed by the sun and the waves such at they closely resemble shells and small stones. The exhibition consists of a selection of her collection, as well as a new book of photographs taken on-site. The project is a reflection of the artist’s connection to gathering, maturing, and what it is to begin again in a new country and learn a new language.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Norway.
29. september – 23. oktober 2016
Vernissage torsdag 29. september 2016 kl 18:00-21:00
I snart ett år har Jessica Williams sanket isopor og plast på øyene i indre Oslofjord; biter formet av sol og bølger fremstår som skjell og småstein. Utstillingen viser et utvalg av det hun har samlet, samt en bokutgivelse av fotografier fra områdene hun har vært. Prosjektet reflekterer over kunstnerens forbindelse til sanking, modning, og hva det vil si å begynne på nytt i et fremmed land og måtte lære et nytt språk.
Utstillingen er støttet av Kulturrådet.
August 19, 2016 Oslofjord update
On Sunday, August 28, I’ll be giving an update on my Oslofjord project at Oslo Soup’s next event at MESH. See their website for more info. There will also hopefully be some Riso posters for grabs promoting the publication, which is in progress and should be ready by October. Details on the book release are TBA!
Some pics from the studio. Note my very DIY solution to make images like the one above.
Also: there’s one natural form in that image, which one is it?
June 24, 2016 Taking images to remember
My image making routines have suffered due to the iPhone (yep) and a lack of freetime thanks to erratic part-time jobs and language school. Nevertheless, it’s never too late to pick up a camera again..
May 30, 2016 Rejections
Rejections are a fact of life. Lately I’ve been enduring more than what feels like a fair share. Despite this, giving up is not an option. Dear Internet, all I want is relative financial security and time to rest.
Since March I’ve only been writing applications på norsk, not sure yet if it is doing anything. Another round is fast approaching, however. A rather piquant summary of my interests from last fall, taken from a (rejected) application:
Urban plant life, worn digital devices, public forests and beaches littered with trash, and found objects clearly marked by the human hand are endlessly fascinating as subjects to me. I strive to make modern images that accurately represent living in our times without falling into either documentary or humanitarian photography. I am interested in the everyday and the mundane; what is seen a thousand times but rarely registered.
April 24, 2016 Et bedre liv
I meant to write this post last week, but suddenly the days have slipped away and here I am on Sunday night. Not to make excuses, but one week ago my cat freaked out and bit me for the first time. He got stuck in his leash and was scared witless. I ended up having to go to the emergency room the morning after because the bitten finger was so swollen it could not move. Ugh. Still on heavy antibiotics but at least my finger has regained most of its original range of motion.
One nice thing about this incident was the emergency room experience itself, so much calmer and more affordable than a visit in the USA. I’ve been twice before in NYC, once for (gently) getting hit by a car while on a bicycle and another time for “rappelling” through a skylight and burning off all the skin on my left hand. Ow. And now, I have been twice here in Oslo. Funny thing: this time I only spoke Norwegian which was both a blessing and a curse. Blessing, I suppose, because it was easier. Curse as in fully understanding the mumbling of my two young student nurses about how not to get bubbles in my tetanus shot.. right before sticking it into my arm.
But! The point of this post is not to reveal how clumsy I am, but to give an update on what I’ve been doing the last months. Mostly I have been working on my memoir, drafting chapter summaries and figuring out the overall flow and format. It’s now at 24 (short) chapters and has a working title: Et bedre liv = “A better life”.
Since winning the mini-grant to pursue my Oslofjord project, I’ve been visiting the fjord at least twice a week. The photos above are one day’s haul of styrofoam “rocks” and a pastoral view of the island they came from.
In addition to writing in Norwegian, I’ve been working, reading and watching Norwegian TV. I also do believe I’ve had a breakthrough (possibly antibiotic-induced) about who I am and how / why I make art. More on that later. For now, a still life:
April 11, 2016 oslo soup + Oslofjord = sant
Yesterday I gave my first public presentation of Oslofjord, a work in progress and the first scheduled release for Hverdag (my new publishing imprint) later this fall. I had four minutes in front of roughly seventy people, competing for oslo soup’s inaugural micro-grant against three other projects.
Despite all of the projects having merit and one of them a literal cat café, I won the popular vote and a mason jar full of cash that is now safe in my bank:
It’s an understatement to say I feel humbled and grateful that so many people (almost all strangers) believed in the project and wanted to help fund it. The support hits especially hard after the uninterrupted string of rejections I’ve been receiving steadily since last fall.
Anyway, I always say this but I am going to start posting more here. Later this week: what I’ve literally been up to, my personal relationship with plastic.
January 27, 2016 Norskkurs
Ny blogg, på norsk! Morsomme ting, seriøse ting, osv.
January 13, 2016 Wild ambitions
Since the end of 2014, I’ve (both intentionally and unintentionally) delved more and more into the Norwegian culture and way of life. This isn’t news to my cloest friends, but I have made the decision to live here permantely.
As such, I’ve decided to challenge myself to write a novel på norsk based on my family and growing up in the USA as a third generation immigrant. Major themes: language, soft racism and the search for a better life. Also some humor and early Internet bits, of course!
Jeg mener at innholdet skal være helt sant, men Rolf (partnernen min) ville at jeg skrive med frihet og fantasere litt. We’ll see! I’m getting quite good at writing and hopefully putting my own stories into words will lead to fluency. Fingers crossed.
January 1, 2016 2016
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the new website. The concept behind the redesign is that each artwork (old and new) would be presented in a way that uniquely optimizes the viewing experience. In simpler terms: goodbye, portfolio.
One of the reasons I am so drawn to books and webpages is their inherent intimacy, the one-on-one. Hopefully this page can provide just that. A tip (or two): the icons in all four corners are always active and there are secret pages.