Jessica Wimbley
American, born 1979
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Selected exhibitions
2016
AmericaS,
Joshua Tree Art Gallery
2014
JESSICA WIMBLEY: The Belle Series - New Works on Canvas (West Room),
Western Project
2012
I am Katrina,
Western Project

Jessica Wimbley manipulates digital photography to produce composite images that explore identity, history, and the African-American disapora. Wimbley drew inspiration from the Louisiana Creole legend and freed slave Marie Thérèse Coincoin to create her figure of “Katrina”, whom she casts in photographic narratives that incorporate biblical tropes. “Katrina serves as a figure that observes, participates, prophesizes, bears witness, conjures, and creates narrative in the work—she serves as the gaze and holder of metaphor,” she says. Wimbley shoots on location in Louisiana, sometimes capturing herself as Katrina, combining her pictures with scenes in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and images of child survivors of the Haitian earthquake. Other recurring motifs in Wimbley’s images include African hair follicles, constellations, and the yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz, which …

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