Artist Jessie Barnes Visited Vol State

 

By Katie Doll

Vol State hosted an art exhibit of artist Jessie Barnes from Feb. 26 to March 29 that was located in the SRB Humanities Building. Art displayed included oil on canvas, monotype, acrylic, graphite on paper, and printmaking.

Visitors had a chance to meet the artist on March 29 and ask questions. Barnes also hosted a printmaking demo where all visitors were welcome.

Barnes is originally from Jacksonville, and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Florida in 2013 and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in 2017.

Barnes has taught collegiate courses such as Drawing Foundations and Introductory Printmaking and Monotype. At Jacksonville University, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Penland School of Crafts, Barnes has assisted many workshops.

Her work, she stated, is inspired by personal memories but leads to art that is more complex.

“My work is driven by uncertainty,” she said. “It stems from personal memories and experiences, but taps into universal themes of adolescence, beauty, power, and fear.”

She also talked about how some elements within her work have a certain meaning to them.

“Tangled palmettos and invasive vines serve as metaphors in our lives when innocence turns to fear, while color lures the viewer closer,” she said.

Many visitors left notes on their opinions of her artwork. One visitor noted how not all art has to make sense.

“I thought this work had a deep meaning and some allusion to things I don’t understand,” Kaila O. wrote. “Now I see that it was that uncertainty that makes it make sense.”

Most of the art displayed had vibrant colors and complex shapes, while some of her other art was black and white with simplistic shapes.