STUDIO VISIT documents artists and where they work in and around Athens, Georgia. Artist and curator Hope Hilton is paying a visit to one space every 2 months, and asking the artists she visits to send her to the next artist, with the only rule being that it must be someone's studio she’s never been to. Jess Dunlap is the first artist she visited.
The artist Jess Dunlap is also a writer and an alchemist. Living and working in the green and brown and red country fields of Winterville, Georgia, an opportunity to visit her studio is always a treat. Where she works is like stepping into a cabinet of wonder, and her life and art are parts of the same world, inseparable.
Recognized around Athens for her pyrographic drawings on wood featured at 1000 Faces Coffee, her practice incorporates many different processes, including many materials and mediums she makes herself. My very favorite homemade walnut ink comes from her, and she’s always trying out new recipes and ideas from foraged berries and plants. I’m inspired by her approach to art as a slow process, created with intention, with simple materials.
She told me that wild persimmons used to be called possumwood around these parts, so named her website www.possumwoodarts.tumblr.com Have a look!
Here is a peek into her studio: