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Jessica Sanders is mainly known for her work with beeswax, creating paintings and sculptures which investigate the thresholds and tolerances of materials. Beeswax has a storied history as an art material (lost-wax casting, encaustic painting) and has been identified with numerous artists, from Marie Tussaud to Joseph Beuys. In Sanders’ practice, the colored linen is first stretched over the artist-made frame before being poured over with hot beeswax. The abstract monochrome paintings that result from this artisanal process radiate quiet stillness, serenity and beauty.

Jessica Sanders (b. 1985, Arkansas) lives and works in New York. In 2018, Sanders was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation prize. She was the subject of solo exhibitions at Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke (2016), Kansas, New York (2015), Neochrome, Torino (2015) and Johannes Vogt, New York (2014).

I’m interested in the relationships between materials – building up, breaking down, yielding, consenting, push back, loss and gain – that intertwines process and materiality, looking for moments of shift.

Jessica Sanders

Biography

Education

  • 2010

    Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

  • 2007

    University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA

Awards

  • 2018

    Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2017 Biennial Award

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Gripping Wet Soap, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2015

    Ambiguous Warmth, Kansas, New York, NY, USA

    Painting: before, after with Marc Devade, Paul Rodgers/9W, New York, NY, USA

    Solo Presentation, Art Brussels, with Kansas, Brussels, Belgium

    Soft Poached, Neochrome, Torino, Italy

  • 2014

    Swell Swollen, Johannes Vogt, New York, NY, USA

    Jessica Sanders & Ryan Lauderdale, Kansas, New York, NY, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Group Presentation, Art Brussels, with Patrick De Brock Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2017

    Mais Où Sont Les Neiges D'Antan?, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2016

    Spring 1883, Melbourne, Group presentation w/ Kansas, Melbourne, Australia

    Things Themselves, Vernon Gardens, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Rare Form, Mountain Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

  • 2015

    How to Drape the Concrete, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Brussels, Belgium

    Kansas at 143 Reade Street, New York, NY, USA

  • 2014

    Politics Of Surface, Berthold Pott, Cologne, Germany

    173 E 94th St. / Chaussée de Waterloo 550, Middlemarch, in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

    Leaning Steeples, Showroom Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

    Continually Revealing Multiple Routes of Entry & Exit, Fifi Projects, San Pedro, Mexico

    Material Images, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Domain of a Partial Function, Helper Projects, Brooklyn, NY, USA

  • 2013

    2x2 ESKFF 2013 Fundraiser, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ, USA

    Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA

    Winter Auction, De Joode & Kamutzki Auctions, Berlin, Germany and New York, NY, USA

  • 2012

    Installation at LBi, LBi, New York, NY, USA

    #D, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY, USA

    Invisible Furnace, The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Selected images