Jaclyn Mednicov is a Chicago based artist, whose work combines painting, photography, sculpture and installation. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in NYC, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and has her BFA from University of Kansas and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Ragdale Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in nationally recognized galleries including Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC; The Painting Center, NYC; Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL; Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago. She has won awards such as an NEA grant in 2018 and has been published in New American Paintings and Sheridan Road Magazine.
I see nature as a metaphor for time. I manipulate fragments from the natural environment such as flowers, weeds, and everyday objects that I collect from places like my backyard or from loved ones; to cast or transfer onto a surface in order to attempt to preserve the memories connected to these beings, specimens, objects, and plants. In the effort to preserve beauty, I invariably confront a loss of image and the grotesque may appear. I am in constant awe of nature and obsessed with documenting it. Knowing the beauty will fade, decay, rot, and discolor, I want to savor the moment.