My research focuses on an exploration of representation through the idea of formlessness. This exploration is inspired by George Bataille’s concept of “l’informe”. Formlessness can be used to describe an object that is mobile or fluid enough to evade classification and meaning. The formless results in a blurring of categories and identification. I am interested in expanding this notion in relationship to socially constructed identity and value while referencing contemporary popular culture and mass media influences that propagate consumption. Drawing from media imagery especially related to gender, beauty, and material desire, my sculptures and installations aim to create a feeling of cognitive dissonance, a psychological space that is simultaneously critical and indulgent.
Jessika Edgar is a ceramic artist. While her work is often mixed media, the most prominent material is always clay. Jessika earned a BA and MA in Art from California State University Northridge in Northridge, CA, in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In 2011, she received her MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jessika has exhibited nationally and has been a visiting Artist-in-Residence at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, Assistant and Visiting Artist at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark, and most recently the Post-MFA Fellow at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Jessika is currently an Assistant Professor and the Area Head of Ceramics at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.