Jacinda Russell will exhibit A Tale of Obsession and Nine Fake Cakes at the
Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, open June 7th through the 28th. The IDADA
First Friday Opening Reception will be June 7th from 5-9pm. The Gallery will be
open from 1-5pm, Monday through Friday.
A Tale of Obsession explores Russell’s interest in one man’s fascination with the
found image, his methods or archiving and organization and the perversity of his
actions. Until recently, David C. Nolan’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe were
stored in a safety deposit box, acquired for $5 at an antique store in the 1980s.
For several years, members of Russell’s family believed that Nolan was the
photographer, but the true creators are Earl Theisen, Bert Riesfeld, and
countless others who photographed films like The Seven Year Itch for publicity.
Russell digitally combined the front and back of Nolan’s photographs and
enlarged them two and half times the original size. Marilyn Monroe remains
ghostly while the rigid text, spelling errors, and (DEAD) written years later in an
unsteady hand dominate. She was awarded a 2013 Indiana Arts Commission
arts grant for this series.
Nine Fake Cakes & Nine Bodies of Water comments on beauty, escapism and
desire. Floating styrofoam and acrylic-tinted caulk cakes in inviting bodies of
water was a coping mechanism for loneliness and unhappiness with place.
Russell was inspired by two of the most desirous objects in 20th century art:
Wayne Thiebaud’s thickly textured paintings of desserts and Ed Ruscha’s
photographs of azure swimming pools. This body of work comments on the
illusion of what is fake and what is real, what is happy and what is sad, and what
is desirous but unattainable. Nine Fake Cakes was featured on Design Boom
and The Best in Food-Art 2010 on the art:21 blog.
Born in Idaho, Russell received her BFA from Boise State University in Studio Art
and her MFA from the University of Arizona. Currently, she is an Assistant
Professor of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. More of her artwork
can be viewed here: www.jacindarussell.com.