11: Finding your voice and going outside your medium with Jessica Wohl

Jessica Wohl is an artist living and working in Sewanee, Tennessee. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2010 and has shown in many group and solo exhibitions around the world including the Staple Goods Gallery in New Orleans, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong and she is currently represented by Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City, Missouri. She teaches Painting and Drawing full time at the University of the South. Jessica is the mother of one beautiful son.

In this episode Jessica and I discuss the process of how she found her voice as an artist and decided to make art around the concept of the American Dream. She shares her journey with quilt making- how she picked it up as a skill with no prior background in the craft because it solved a problem she was facing with her work. She shares about her experience carrying her child- how pregnancy and motherhood has influenced her art making practice, pushing it to become more empathetic and malleable. Jessica and I also discuss the amazing work of artist Lenka Clayton and her Artist Residency in Motherhood project.

This episode with Jessica is inspiring and encouraging as she shares her honest perspective as an Artist, Mother, Teacher, and Citizen. She has a show opening at the Browsing Room Gallery in Nashville, TN during the month of June, so go check it out! Check out more of her work on her website (http://www.jessicawohl.com) and Instagram @jessicawohlstudio.


Jessica in her home studio with her son
Left: Satiated, Marilyn Minter. Right: Milk Mustache II. 2019. Instagram collage, from the Artist Residency in Motherhood series, Compositions
Jessica working on a quilt in her home studio
Members Only. 2017. Found fabrics, jacket, shirts, bedsheets, pillowcases and blouses. Machine pieced and machine quilted. 59 x 66 inches
Twist and Shout. 2017. Hand cut collage. 9 x 11 inches
Jessica’s studio
Stars and Bars. 2016. Found fabrics, bedsheets, pillowcases, shirts. Machine pieced and machine quilted with hand appliquè. 60 x 60 inches. 

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