Jessica Mongeon
Jessica Mongeon
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I Found Myself Within a Forest Dark

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The Revelation of Joshua

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Cyanolichen

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Symbiosis

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Origin

About Jessica Mongeon

Jessica Mongeon is a professional artist whose acrylic paintings examine systems of nature and environmental issues. She was born in Rolette, North Dakota and currently lives in Ozark, Arkansas. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Montana State University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Dakota. Artist residencies include Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Center at Tower View, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Jessica has shown her artwork nationally and internationally, including juried group exhibitions at The Painting Center in New York, New York, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at the University of Alabama, and 203 Art Gallery, Shanghai, China. Recent solo exhibitions were hosted by the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, Montanta and the Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas. She works as an Assistant Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

My work examines the relationship between humans and nature by juxtaposing landscape elements and human biology. Many of these atmospheric landscapes are painted with acrylic on tree-free eco-friendly paper. They are inspired by walks in the forests of Arkansas, which contrast with the vast landscapes of the Great Plains where I lived for over 25 years. By using unexpected and sometimes jarring color combinations, I create a visceral or intuitive response,similar to how humans experience the environment. The nobler qualities of humanity are explored, as well as destructive tendencies. Neurons symbolize consciousness, an awareness of one’s surroundings. They show a connection between humans and nature because of their tree-like branching quality. Temporality and scale are examined as I depict human neurons on the same scale as lichen or roots. Self-similarity is when an object is similar to a part of itself; if you change the scale, e.g. by looking at an object in a microscope or from a distance, the object will look the same. Fractals are examples of exact self-similarity and scientists have studied river networks as natural fractal structures. Lichen operate on a much longer geological time scale compared to humans, with some species of lichen living over 1,000 years. This provides a sense of perspective when thinking about an individual’s impact on the environment. Neurons must connect and communicate to keep the mind and body alive. Similarly, lichen is made of a fungus, an alga and sometimes a yeast that work in symbiosis. By acknowledging our embodiment of nature, perhaps we can care for the ecosystems that sustain us as much as we care for our own bodies.

About the art

Jessica Mongeon is a professional artist whose acrylic paintings examine systems of nature and environmental issues. She was born in Rolette, North Dakota and currently lives in Ozark, Arkansas. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Montana State University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Dakota. Artist residencies include Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Center at Tower View, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Jessica has shown her artwork nationally and internationally, including juried group exhibitions at The Painting Center in New York, New York, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at the University of Alabama, and 203 Art Gallery, Shanghai, China. Recent solo exhibitions were hosted by the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, Montanta and the Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas. She works as an Assistant Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

My work examines the relationship between humans and nature by juxtaposing landscape elements and human biology. Many of these atmospheric landscapes are painted with acrylic on tree-free eco-friendly paper. They are inspired by walks in the forests of Arkansas, which contrast with the vast landscapes of the Great Plains where I lived for over 25 years. By using unexpected and sometimes jarring color combinations, I create a visceral or intuitive response,similar to how humans experience the environment. The nobler qualities of humanity are explored, as well as destructive tendencies. Neurons symbolize consciousness, an awareness of one’s surroundings. They show a connection between humans and nature because of their tree-like branching quality. Temporality and scale are examined as I depict human neurons on the same scale as lichen or roots. Self-similarity is when an object is similar to a part of itself; if you change the scale, e.g. by looking at an object in a microscope or from a distance, the object will look the same. Fractals are examples of exact self-similarity and scientists have studied river networks as natural fractal structures. Lichen operate on a much longer geological time scale compared to humans, with some species of lichen living over 1,000 years. This provides a sense of perspective when thinking about an individual’s impact on the environment. Neurons must connect and communicate to keep the mind and body alive. Similarly, lichen is made of a fungus, an alga and sometimes a yeast that work in symbiosis. By acknowledging our embodiment of nature, perhaps we can care for the ecosystems that sustain us as much as we care for our own bodies.