Untitled , 2019
Acrylic paint, polyester film, acrylic, hardware
25" x 15" x 30"/ 63,5 x 38,1 x 76,2 cm
Exhibitions2022 Art Island, groupshow, Forteiland IJmuiden, IJmuiden NL
Specially commissioned for Jemison's first exhibition space De Appel (Amsterdam), these drawings on clear film stand as a continuation of Jemison’s interest in characters and markings from slave narratives, constructed languages, outsider artists, alternative alphabets, and utopian fiction. These works propose opacity as a political strategy and intentional obscurity as a way of re-claiming subjectivity and power. While spare and simple on the surface, each work corresponds to complex personal and social histories in which whole new forms of language were invented as a means of survival.