I work across a range of mediums, investigating the tension between the mental and the physical. Much of my work generates a dialogue between surface and image, or illusion and sculptural form. In my Accretion series, for instance, I grow salt crystals in the pictorial space of photographs from the NASA archives, creating moments of paradox and metaphor in the picture where the image crosses into the space of the viewer.
Different processes of painting are at the heart of my practice, a medium that I treat in a way that is uniquely tactile. In A Questionable Surface, a painted self-portrait is interrupted by an atmosphere of objects made of extruded and flocked acrylic paint, which both assert the surface in their relief and participate in the illusion of the image in the form of painted shadows “cast” on my body. Insult the Stallion in Its Stall depicts wreckage in a flooded landscape caught in the branches of a tree, the picture created by pours of house paint, faux painting techniques, and other artifacts of surface that attenuate the representational space and frame it as fantasy – a reflection of the willful ignorance and softened reality of the current moment.
Photography and video are also important mediums for me, as either temporal artifacts, contextual frames of reference, or fetish objects. I have an ongoing interest in how temporality, memory and the mechanics of belief collide and intersect.
Jason Willome is an artist and professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has shown his work in both group and solo exhibitions both nationally (Colorado, Hawai’i, Kentucky, Louisiana, New HampshireOhio, and Texas) and internationally (Columbia, Palestine). His work has been featured in Beautiful Decay, Agave Magazine, and Stacy Dacheux’s blog, Revising Loneliness. He lives with his family in San Antonio, TX.
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