Abstracted Earth

Paintings by Jessica Mongeon and Ceramic Sculpture by Amy Joy Hosterman

Artspace Loveland Lofts Gallery
140 West 3rd St
Loveland, CO

Opening November 8th, 6-9pm
on view November 8th - 22nd

Jessica Mongeon:

This series examines the relationship between humans and nature; highlighting the similarities

between human brain neurons, natural organisms, and geographical features. Atmospheric

landscapes are painted with acrylic on tree-free eco-friendly paper. 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. For example, I depict the destruction at Joshua Tree National Park that

took place during the government shutdown.

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.