The Visual Arts Department at Fairmont State University presents new work created by Associate Professor Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune, in her solo exhibition “aerial crossings,” located in the JD Brooks Gallery on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall.
The exhibition will be open and on display from Tuesday, Jan. 19, to Friday, Feb. 19, with an artist lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at noon in the JD Brooks Gallery with a reception to follow. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.
Yerdon, who completed her undergraduate work in two-dimensional studies at The College of St. Rose in New York and her MFA degree in painting at West Virginia University, believes that laying down material is a visceral act. It involves being physically present with a material that will accept manipulation and working that material to explore its potential, she says.
“I am both physically and mentally connected to each piece during its making through the layering and removal of materials,” Yerdon says.
For the artist, mark making is an inherent way to stay connected to all processes that move a surface away from being expected. It exists in layers of information that are cyclically added, removed, added again and asked to be analogous to one another.
“Most recently I have been thinking about the moving of earth through excavation, digging, clearing, burning and exploding. Landscapes are literally altered by digging through layers of leaves, grass and soil for the purpose of exposure and removal. In some ways this could be linked to images of clear cutting land, dredging streams, harvesting crops, mountainous cross sections or otherwise altered landscapes. What once was pastoral and seemingly untouched might become scarred and pocked--forever altered. And, removed from their original lay, they must be renegotiated or relearned,” Yerdon says.
For more information on Yerdon and her work, visit the Fairmont State University Visual Arts Facebook page.