Jovan C. Speller
September 24-October 24, 2021
Artifacts is an installation from the artist's recent series entitled Eulogy. This series, which includes photographs, resin encased images and objects, and mixed media works, references cinematic imagery and elements of visual story mapping to document a metamorphosis.
Eulogy questions the role of memory and the transient nature of consciousness, resulting in the documentation of Speller’s notions of reincarnation. The works represented in this series are materializations of distant recollections of a past life - accepting the unreliability of memory itself, and exploring the myths that remain instead. Artifacts represents the memories that remain and the reminance of a life lived.
Jovan C. Speller is a multidisciplinary Minnesota artist. Speller holds a B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Speller’s work has been exhibited at The Plains Art Museum, the Bockley Gallery, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design, with upcoming solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Katherine Nash Gallery, the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and St. Augustine College. She is a recipient of the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, a Next Step Fund Grant, the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant. She completed a residency at Second Shift Studio Space in St. Paul and was awarded the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize in 2021.
Speller explained that her work is more a reaction to, or investigation of, something that has caught her attention. She recommended looking at Andrea Chung whose work she admires
Find her work online www.jovanspeller.com and on instagram @jovancspeller