Porcelain: iron oxide and vintage enamel transfers, overglaze enamel, gold luster
A portion of the sale price will go to Outright Vermont, a queer youth organization
As a reflection of her military experience, Jessica explores the juxtaposition of US service women in combat with the domestic and decorative nature of heirloom tableware. Using the notion of “serving” she creates ornate decorative forms associated with serving, depicting military women serving their country. Female soldiers in a war-torn landscape are surrounded, not by enemies but by traditional floral borders embellished with gold and soft feminine colors. By combining military iconography with traditional floral elements and botanical patterns she subverts the once benign decoration while creating a personal narrative and contemporary social commentary. Through non-traditional imagery Jessica seeks to challenge the entrenched ideas of domesticity and gender roles while exposing the social and cultural issues faced by military women. This work encourages dialogue about pervasive social dynamics that prevent something perceived as violent and destructive from also being considered beautiful.
Bio: Jessica Putnam-Phillips is a ceramic artist, USAF Veteran, illustrator and educator. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston and her BA from UNC-Wilmington. She is a past resident artist at the Saratoga Clay Art Center and recently attended residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Craft and AIR Vallauris, France. She actively promotes ceramic art and education and recently founded ClayShare, an online school for ceramic learning. In addition to exhibiting her work, giving workshops and maintaining her studio practice Jessica is on the board of directors for the Vermont Crafts Council.