My studio 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 (b.1987) 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 internationally, in venues that include Arizona State University’s Ceramic Research Center/Brickyard Gallery and Museum De Arte de Ciudad Juárez. She has been an Assistant and Artist at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark, the Post-MFA Fellow at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and most recently an Artist in Residence at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Jessika is currently an Assistant Professor and the Area Coordinator of Ceramics at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.