Jill Bedgood

Barnacles of Existence
Sat Mar 7, 2020 - Wed Jul 29, 2020

Jill Bedgood creates mixed media sculpture and installations that contemplate the dualities in life, the cyclical nature of existence, and the weight of memory. In the tradition of marble memorials, her reliefs, laden with symbolic objects, contrast excess and austerity to evoke transience and immortality. Bedgood‘s artworks function as contemporary memento mori, asking us to consider why we value our possessions and their persistence through time after our own lives end.

Jill Bedgood creates multi-media art that reflects her questioning of the duality of human nature. She has a BFA in Painting and Art History from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in Sculpture and Art History. Grants include Visiting Artist Residencies at the American Academy in Rome and a Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. Other grants include New Forms Regional Initiatives Grant, funded by the Rockefeller, Andy Warhol Foundation, NEA, Mid-America Arts Association/National Endowment for the Arts Award in Sculpture, and Art Matters Inc. Grant. She was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Bedgood has exhibited work at the Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Painting School in Athens, Greece, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, Turkey, Austin Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, Women & Their Work Gallery, Lawndale Art Center, Blue Star Contemporary, and others.