Jessica Joslin


"At closer view, Jessica Joslin’s "Bestiary" is a jeweler’s cabinet, but
in these works the artist’s inspiration melds mechanics and biology
through unconventional materials, and it is the full harmonization of
man-made borrowings and natural remnants — each done with a
watchmaker’s directed turn of hand — that lends particular fascination
to Joslin’s art. Her materials recruit a strange array: adding-machine
parts, antique gas fixtures, selected bits of clocks and lamps,
miniature machine bolts, springs — and then there are the bones
(entire or sectioned and reworked… as well as facsimiles in cast
plastic); brief snippets of fur; and musical instrument keys (even an
antique horn for Lopo). The artist underscores speculative construction
beyond any mere echoing of natural forms. Rather than weld or solder,
she has chosen tiny screws, clasps, threaded joints. Process and
materials are meant to be discerned. A pleasure in human ingenuity and
facility of hand is celebrated within this art, and it achieves an
aesthetic all its own. (This impulse, prior to interchangeable,
standardized parts and a consequent assembly line set of mind, was
highly prized. The famous 17th and 18th century automatons —
mechanical simulacra — were individually crafted, unique, and regarded
as great wonders in themselves…."


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[Thanks JC!]