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Jessica Matier was born in South Korea in 1985. She studied at Parsons School of Design, New York (2007) and currently lives and works in New Jersey.
Matier creates abstract ‘inner-scapes’, allowing her process to be directed by the flow of subconscious energy. She is interested in compositional harmony, the opportunities for self-growth which artistic practice affords, and the parallels that process has to the development of the collective unconscious. Matier’s paintings combine mythical and alchemical symbols with autobiographical images, creating visual meta-narratives which she sees as tools to transcend the everyday. Working with mixed-media Matier constructs her paintings quickly without interruption beginning with water-based paints which allow for happy accidents and unintended outcomes, and mark-making with pastel and brushstrokes of acrylic to delineate form. Painting wet in wet she allows a variety of media to interact and coalesce on the canvas reflecting the Jungian process of individuation.
In 2018 Matier presented a solo exhibition at Midoma in New York. Selected group exhibitions include: Hedges and Houses and Mothers and Children, I Like Your Work Podcast (2020); Shen (2020) Showfields x Heather Falconer, New York (2020); Art in Seclusion, The Visionary Projects, New York(2020); Affection, Orchard Galerie, New York (2019); LIC: Fear III, Plaxall Gallery, New York (2019); The Big Painting Show, Belmar Arts, New Jersey (2019); The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York (2019); Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Florida (2018); The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York (2018); Women’s Group Show, DT234 Gallery, Jersey City (2018); Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Semi-Finalist, Sponsored by Artsy + Scope Miami (2018); The Creative Climate Awards, TECO, New York (2017); Juried Watercolor Exhibition: From Traditional to Modern, Monmouth Museum, New Jersey (2017); Works for the Soul, Heaven Arts, Asbury Park, New Jersey (2017); In Your Dreams Group Show, Art Alliance, Red Bank, New Jersey (2017).
In 2019 Matier’s painting Natural Things was acquired by Rutgers University and is displayed at Camden Centre for the Arts, Camden, New Jersey.