Jessica Sanders is an artist and 2010 MFA graduate from Ohio State University.
Jessica Sanders reveals the nature of her mediums through the manipulation of touch and the progression of time. Her works incorporate a wide variety of materials such as drywall, insulation, paper, canvas, sugar and most commonly, wax. Sanders likens these materials to human skin which has a delicate, luminous physicality and can be stretched and transformed over time.
A a few of her works that directly explore the conditions of existence and or physical contact are:
Adit, 2010 – Initially appearing like a molten hole in the wall, Adit is actually a plaster cast of the interior of Sander’s mouth. This cast was then installed in the wall, filled with powder, and worn down over time by the touch of visitors (Image #8).
Slabs, 2010 – Two rectangular slices of wax are propped against the wall until weight and gravity eventually lead the slices to bend and cave in. The pieces break in two and rest on the ground (Image #13).
Untitled Wax Light Bulb, 2010 – A lightbulb is coated in wax and turned on. The heat from the bulb leads the layers of wax to melt and peel off of the bulb (Images #14 & 15).