Jessica Cebra, from southern California, lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Area. She graduated from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006, and recently studied Library and Archival Science, and Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland. The fragments of paper and imagery I bring together represent a balance between permanence and ephemerality, and are my own tools of reconstruction. ‘Reconstruction’ implies many different activities-- building, destroying, designing, rendering, revealing, preserving. The act of reconstructing a historical narrative, or an object, or a structure that no longer exists, potentially involves other activities such as manipulating, obscuring, combining, rearranging or reconfiguring.
I’m interested in how visual and material culture inform and shape our values, desires, identities and collective memories. In the contexts of art history and cultural heritage I enjoy fragmenting institutionalized narratives and the legacy of iconic images. I’d rather evoke interconnectedness and hybridity, as opposed to isolation and exceptionalism.