Jessica Plattner received a BFA in 1995 from Washington University School of Art in St. Louis, and an MFA in 2001 from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has attended residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Vermont Studio Center. Plattner received a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico in 2007-08, and she has shown her work in solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Plattner was Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon for twelve years before moving to Medicine Hat to focus on her studio practice. She joined The Hive in August, 2013.
My paintings bring together a mix of imagery inspired by things I see and hear throughout my daily life. I combine, invent, and rearrange objects and spaces until a story begins to emerge. As a visual story-teller, I’m influenced by Latin American magical realist fiction, in which unexplained or illogical elements appear in otherwise believable settings. I want this strangeness to feel somehow familiar, revealing small truths about the human experience.