Published November 5, 2020

Exhibit A:
Visualizing Art, Agency, and an African American Attitude

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On November 17, emerging artist and Virginia Center for the Book member Veronica Jackson discussed her text-based practice. Jackson’s artwork is autobiographical and grounded in her own internal agency to mark space. For Jackson, words have visual meaning, and after a thirty-year career in museum exhibit design, she now dedicates herself to visually articulating those meanings. Kevin McFadden, Chief Operating Officer at Virginia Humanities, facilitated the session.

Veronica Jackson: Artist’s Statement
My background encompasses the critical examination of visual culture. As an architect and designer, I creatively solved problems related to the structural systems within virtual and built environments. As an artist, I record, interpret, and make aware the complexities in which humans exist and affect their social surroundings. My visual art-making practice is a combination of past professional disciplines, present lived experiences, and the cache of contemporary and historic research accumulated. My initial and ongoing project—The Burden of Invisibility—is the physical manifestation of my evolution from designer to visual artist, as well as a reaction to the world around me. This work forms the foundation of my practice which investigates how black women see, don’t see, value, or devalue themselves in visual culture, and how these attitudes affect their sense of agency in constructing their own imagery or endeavors to mark space.  

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