Meaning and Connection 2018

A solo exhibition of new work by Jessie Willow Tucker, Sep 20–Nov 11 2018 at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.

Jessie Willow Tucker paints landscapes as sites for exploration of personal experience. Her nostalgic fantasy worlds are interrupted by graphic and textural elements that reference the commodification of imagery and role of the contemporary viewer.
In “Meaning & Connection” she invites engagement and conversation around some of the most fundamental human desires, the gallery space being transformed to welcome viewers in to become participants in this conversation. Using the metaphor-laden language she has developed in previous work, she explores the role that words, imagery and context play in the subjective process of defining and finding meaning and how the creation of narratives and the identification of patterns both requires and creates connections.
Jessie embraces traditional romantic and kitsch landscape painting, as well as pop cultural symbols and text. Her work exists in a space somewhere between the flippancy and self consciousness of social media, the over saturated sincerity of “self help” wisdom, a fascination with the aesthetics of nostalgia and a deep, heartfelt longing to be real.

Tucker_Jessie_I'm fine with it, really I am

I’m fine with it, really I am. 2018
Acrylic and glitter on canvas
52cm x 52cm (framed)


Connection, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
78cm x 63cm (framed)

There's no eye in team

There’s no eye in team, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
Artist frame, composite board, enamel paint, seashells
93cm x 93cm (framed)


Fill that void, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
93cm x 93cm (framed)

Jessie Willow Tucker_Be water my friend

Be water my friend, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
104cm x 88.5cm (framed)

It is written

It is written, 2018
Acrylic and diamantes on canvas
Artist frame, composite board, enamel paint, diamantes
78cm x 103.5cm (framed)


Low phat wytchkraft grotto, 2018
Glazed earthenware, water pump, diamantes, fairy lights, plants, water
Dimensions variable

gallery view

Conversation pit, 2018
Dimensions variable

Players table, 2018
Found table, enamel paint, ink, furniture oil
46cm x 91cm x 91cm

Haiku rainbow cushions, 2018
Digital printed polyester velvet, cotton denim, polyester filling
Dimensions variable

Found rugs

games table

Letters salad (balanced diet), 2018                                                                                                       Interactive installation, Glazed earthenware, plywood
11cm x 20cm x 20cm


Wellness trophy, 2018
Glazed earthenware
14cm x 20cm x 14cm


Mindfulness trophy, 2018
Glazed earthenware
15cm x 15cm x 15cm


Power trophy, 2018
Glazed earthenware and diamantes
24cm x 14cm x 11cm


All the trophies, installation view.


Meaning and Connection, installation view.