As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul.”
– Hermes Trismegistus
During my decade-long journey as a full-time painter, I have exhibited throughout the East Coast with representation at Robert Lange Studios, Gold Gallery, Victorine Contemporary, Hubert Gallery, and most recently Walter Wickiser Gallery. My process utilizes a unique combination of acrylic paint, ink, and pigment in layers of resin on aluminum and holographic vinyl. The purpose of my work, the reason the viewer’s own reflection affects the composition of my paintings, is to show that there is no separation between humans and nature. We are one and the same, made up of the same elements and patterns of function. How we treat our bodies and each other is directly linked to how we treat the environment. By portraying the similarities in forms found high among the cosmos, to structures beneath the ocean, and our own bodies, I hope the viewer makes the connection between the microcosm and macrocosm of our universe. My artwork can be divided into five categories: clouds, cosmos, water, plants, and gemstones. Each theme corresponds to the basic elements of life: air, fire, water, and earth.
Everything in nature is connected, including human beings. All souls are connected to the oneness of the universe. The whole of creation branches out into individual souls, receiving energy feedback in the form of the vibrations we emit. Everything we do affects each other, our planet, and the universe. We can heal our environment if we first heal ourselves.
I believe this is the most important calling of our time; therefore, all of my work reflects this principle.
Jessica Dunegan was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1977. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Studio Art from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After working as a gallerist with internationally renowned contemporary artists at The Lowe Gallery and Lanoue Fine Art, she immersed herself in her own work and has been a successful full-time artist for ten years. Dedicated experimentation led to her unique process of painting in layers of liquid resin. Dunegan’s paintings have been exhibited and auctioned throughout the East Coast, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Hubert Gallery in Manhattan.
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B.A. in Sociology and Studio Art, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Furman University, Greenville, SC
2004 – 2007
Assistant Director, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
2000 – 2003
Gallery Manager, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, MD
Hubert Gallery, New York, NY
Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
Victorine Contemporary, Newport, RI
Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC
Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors, Philadelphia, PA
KH Projects, New York, NY
Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY