Statement Solid Mind examines the disappointments and frustrations, internal and external, that interfere with one's goals, ideals, and anticipated life trajectory. The installation considers the reconciliation of personal expectations with lived reality using glass containers, liquid, light, and a stream-of-conscious drawing technique. Translucent vessels occupied with mixtures of oil, water, and ink suggest the tensions and frustrations of wanting and needing, and the subsequent anxieties of having, holding, and keeping.
Bio Jamie Marie Waelchli makes interdisciplinary work out of stream-of-conscious thought experiments. She creates representations of emotion and experience by exploring the complexities of the mind and the struggles of communication. She holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA from Washington State University. She lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches at Clark College. Her work has shown in alternative spaces throughout the US and she has been screened in video events both nationally and internationally. You can learn more about her practice at www.vehicleofescape.com.