I was Famous Once
I Was Famous Once
** 1st Place Award**
Pencil on Paper
This drawing investigates the fiction of identity through its performance in physical and cerebral spaces that demonstrate a willingness to project and construct meaning. This figure was witness to childhood fantasies and adult realities. She can acknowledge her obsession with an impossible aspiration by embracing the cultural detritus of the clichédArtist Biography
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Jessica Burke (J.B.) is a figurative artist and educator that was raised on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons and Little Debbie Snack Cakes. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oklahoma State University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Foundations Program at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She is interested in exploring various interpretations on the impact of popular culture on identity and gender. Her creative work has been included in competitive group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including the Koehnline Museum of Art in Illinois; the Élysees Modern and Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, France; the Toshima Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; the LuXun Academy of Fine Arts, in Shenyang, China and the Kepco Plaza Gallery Museum, Seoul, South Korea. Her work is in many private, state and corporate collections that include the City of North Charleston, South Carolina; the City of Savannah, Georgia; Seminole State College, Florida and the National Living Treasure Museum in Yugawara, Japan.