Jessica Drenk

Artist Statement

By transforming familiar objects into nature-inspired forms and patterns, I examine how we classify the world around us. Manufactured goods appear as natural objects, something functional becomes something decorative, a simple material is made complex, and the commonplace becomes unique. In changing books into fossilized remnants of our culture, or in arranging elegantly sliced PVC pipes to suggest ripple and wave patterns I create a connection between the manmade and the natural. In my installations, I combine these seemingly opposite concepts, presenting my artifact-like sculptures in small collections of our own natural history. My interests in archaeology, paleontology, biology, botany, and geology influence not only the shapes and textures of my sculpture, but also lend a visual framework for creating, collecting, and classifying my own specimens of the present.

Jessica Drenk


Born 1976, Montana. Lives and works in South Carolina

Education

2007 Master of Fine Arts, 3-D Area, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2002 Bachelor of Arts, Art Major, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

One and two person exhibitions and installations

2011 Jessica Drenk + Shawn Smith, Marina Cain Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2011 Riverworks Gallery, Greenville, SC
2010 Jessica Drenk: Materials and Balance, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010 Before, During, After, Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 Archaeologica, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
2009 Reading Our Remains, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
2008 Compelling Matter, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2007 Beard Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
2007 MFA Exhibition, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2006 The Turning World, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2006 Imprints, Lionel Rombach Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2005 Reading Our Remains, Commissioned site-specific public art installation, University of
2005 Arizona Library, Tucson, AZ
2004 Curious Objects: An Installation by Jessica Drenk, Forum Gallery, Claremont, CA.
2002 Thesis Exhibition, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
2001 Remnants, POSA Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Selected group exhibitions

2011 Un-Speak-Able, The Art Center, Corvallis, OR
2011 Reconstructions, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010 Aqua Art Miami, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2010 Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC
2009 Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 The Book: Wide Open, Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO
2009 Continuum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2008 Penumbra, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Book-Art Object 08, 25th of May Museum, Belgrade, Serbia
2008 Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Book Forms, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2007 She Objects II, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2006 International Sculpture Center’s 2006 Outstanding Student Achievement in
2006 Contemporary Sculpture Awards, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2006 Biennial Southwest, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2006 Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN
2006 Art One Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2006 Casa Libre, Tucson, AZ
2006 Art D’Art, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2005 Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2005 8th International Book Fair of Contemporary Creative Books, Marseille, France
2005 Bound and Unbound, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2005 Hayward Area Forum of the Arts, Hayward, CA
2005 Re-Visions III, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Awards and honors

2009 Artist Project Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts
2006 International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award
2006 Arizona Artist’s Guild Scholarship
2006 Creative Achievement Award for graduate work in Art, University of Arizona
2006 Coris Family Trust Fine Arts Award, University of Arizona
2006 Albert Haldeman Scholarship, University of Arizona
2005 Centennial Sculpture Award, University of Arizona
2005 Medici Scholars Award, University of Arizona
2004 Graduate College Fellowship, University of Arizona
2002 Phi Beta Kappa, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
2002 Louisa Moseley Fine Arts Prize, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Artists talks

2011 Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO
2010 Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009 Picture Green Symposium, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
2008 Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
2008 Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2007 Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
2005 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Publications

2010 Tucson Citizen.com, November 6: Jessica Drenk at Conrad Wilde Gallery
2009 East Valley Tribune, April 24: article on Jessica Drenk at Mesa Contemporary Arts
2008 Tucson Weekly, July 24: review of Conrad Wilde Gallery
2008 Book-Art Object Catalog, Belgrade, Serbia
2007 University of Arizona MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalog
2006 Sculpture Magazine, October issue: description and image of work
2006 The Albuquerque Museum, Biennial Southwest Exhibition Catalog
2006 The Albuquerque Tribune, October 5: review of Biennial Southwest
2005 University of Arizona College of Fine Arts publication, Transformations
2005 KUAT-TV Arizona Illustrated PBS interview and review of Residual Pull
2005 KUAT-TV Arizona Illustrated PBS review of Arizona Biennial
2003 Pomona College Magazine, Winter issue.