Jessica Wimbley, the second artist in the KaleidoLA series, is known for her work in collage, photography and video. Her artwork is currently featured in a virtual solo exhibition, "Jessica Wimbley: Belle Jet and Cabinet Cards" hosted online by the Laband Art Gallery.
Merging memory, biology, culture, and history, Wimbley investigates how identity is constructed through portraiture as well as inherited ideals and beliefs. By layering and excising materials, Wimbley remixes visual and cultural histories to reveal structures and expand understanding of Black identity as multiple, integrated, and intersectional. She fuses literary and popular-culture references, drawn from sources such as Jet Magazine, with historic photographs, family pictures, microscopic images of melanin, printed media, drawing, and painting—resulting in compelling small- and large-scale works that explore the complexities of race and narrative in the American imagination.
KaleidoLA is the Department of Art and History’s annual guest speaker series. For the past eight years, KaleidoLA has been a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles arts community. For fall 2020, in collaboration with LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, KaleidoLA will thematically center artists whose artwork and lived experiences foreground issues of racial, economic and social justice. This event is part of LMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts (CFA).
Image courtesy of Glen Wilson and Jessica Wimbley