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    Assembled screen prints on mulberry paper, video projection.

Jessica Meuninck-Ganger

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Jessica Meuninck-Ganger’s prints, community-based, and large-scale hybrid media works have been featured in museums and both experimental and commercial galleries regionally, nationally, and internationally in South Korea, India, Italy, and South Africa. Her works on paper are included in several private and public collections, including the Saint Kate Arts Hotel. Weisman Museum of Art, Northwestern Mutual, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Special Collections, Target Corporation, and TimeSlips. Her work is featured in contemporary publications, such as Andrea Ferber’s, Sustenance: Contemporary Printmaking Now, Richard Noyce’s, Printmaking Beyond the Edge, and Nathaniel Stern’s, Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance, and in the Guardian UK, M Magazine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rhisome and more. Jessica received a BS degree from Ball State University and MFA in Studio Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is currently the Print and Narrative Forms Area Head and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Partnering with David Jones and Marilyn Propp, she is actively setting up The Center for Collaborative Research, a community printshop (formerly Anchor Graphics, Chicago) in Milwaukee.

artist statement

I have been traveling to South Korea to study Hanji, which is a mulberry paper described to last over 1,000 years. I am deeply inspired by its strength and cultural significance, especially its wide-ranging applications in scholarly, utilitarian, domestic, and spiritual practices. I use it to reverently render and preserve seemingly ephemeral details of Milwaukee's built environment. Current prints and paper collages emerged from an ongoing practice of charting the Milwaukee cityscape with students, friends, and neighbors. Walking is not a solitary activity for this purpose, rather a means to intuitively map, gather, observe, sketch, photograph and discuss ideas of place, the built environment and its impact on our collective identity. Walks begin from a range of locations within the city and continue inbound (east) toward Lake Michigan. During each journey I actively record what I see by means of sketching and photographing visual specimens, such as; fieldstone walls, composite fiberboard lap siding, rooftops, decking, and cedar shake. Elements are then screen printed then cut, rearranged, transformed, folded, and reimagined into a variety of paper expressions.