Meet Artist-in-Residence
Jessica Burnam

December 21, 2016

Posted In: 2016 Artists in Residence, Blog

Where are you from originally?

Northern Virginia


How did you find out about Anderson Ranch Arts Center?

I found out about Anderson Ranch from fellow artists.


What is your favorite part about Anderson Ranch so far?

I love being able to take advantage of the various facilities and studios. In addition to utilizing the sculpture studio, I have been able to fire my clay-built sculptures in the ceramics department, print a series of etchings in the printmaking studio, and build frames in the woodshop. Additionally, the staff, interns, studio coordinators and fellow residents are absolutely incredible.


What are you working on during your residency?

I am working on a large “landscape” sculpture (20+ ft. in length) that has many components and breaks down into many detachable sections. I am also working on a relating series of dry-point etchings. (See influences.)


How would you describe your artistic practice?

Build first, edit later.

And when building, build without boundaries.

And if boundaries arise…get innovative, get sneaky, get smart, and find a way to keep building.


What inspires you to create art?

My influences are constantly expanding and changing. Currently they include:

-Landscapes and architecture.

-Science fiction literature and entertainment.

-Maps and map-like objects such as globes, puzzles, and board games.

-Rituals and practices associated with cylindrical cycles of life and death, growth and decay.

-Plants and fruit.

-Bodies and body relationships.

-Books I read, films I watch, and experiences I have.


How do you spend your time when not working in the studio?

Spending time outside. Reading and watching films. Puzzles, et al.



Instagram: @jessicaburnam




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