Published January 28, 2019

We are excited to share the news of a Book Arts member’s first solo exhibit as a visual artist. Veronica Jackson was selected as the Emerging Artist for the month of February at Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg.

Her show, entitled The Burden of Invisibility, opens on Friday, February 1, with a reception from 5:30-8:00 PM. Jackson will speak about her work at 6:30 PM. The exhibit will remain on display through February 22, with gallery open hours Wednesdays through Sundays, from 12:00-5:00 PM.

At the Center, Veronica letterpress-printed 813 time cards using blue ink on black paper. The desired effect–barely legible content–represents her grandmother’s barely acknowledged, devalued labor.

Artist’s Statement: The Burden of Invisibility addresses several internal queries arising from my plight as a black woman living in America; “What does it mean to be invisible?” “How does the designation of invisibility affect my identity and sense of self?” And yet when convenient, I am considered hypervisible: an exaggerated visibility that is subject for misidentification. These specific questions and statements contextualize the title of this exhibit which speaks directly to black women—a group historically disenfranchised in American society. A series made up of four individual yet integrated works of art, The Burden of Invisibility addresses the efforts I constantly employ to combat an environment indoctrinated to view me through a singular stereotyped lens, or not see me at all. The Burden of Invisibility also visually illuminates how black women are culturally valued or devalued, and how these attitudes affect their sense of agency in constructing their own imagery or in their endeavors to mark space.

Photo Credits: Kevin McFadden shop images; installation images Jean Wibbens Photography

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