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Jaymee Harvey Willms

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artist bio

Jaymee Harvey Willms is an artist born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She received her BFA in painting and art history from the University of South Dakota. Since then she has worked as an arts educator and artist in residence in schools, hospitals, and orphanages. In 2012 she moved to Albany, New York for a MFA in sculpture. Receiving her degree in 2015, she now lives and works in Jackson, WI.

artist statement

As a project based artist I pull from my own experience as well as the stories of others. These narratives are investigated through material and display. Focusing on used materials from the domestic, specifically things that remind me of my own I combine these moments of narrative into sculptures that represent a devastation of self-dom within love, fear within survival, and an obsession with materials and exposing how things are made.
These objects are combinations of dollhouse furniture, terracotta, and paint. They reflect upon the dreams of a young girl. Each animal is altered in an aggressive and dramatic way- leaving them vulnerable and incapacitated. The dollhouse furniture repairs and simultaneously burdens each creature- pulling apart the narratives of childhood and the reality of adulthood.


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