Jesse Bromm
2015 Award: The Pottery Supply House Clay or Glass Supply Grant

Using miniatures, found objects, animal parts, and glass in combination, Jesse Bromm augments one’s perception of reality or aspects of everyday life. His work explores the dual reality between surface culture and what is buried underneath.

By using glass in his work, Jesse draws on the material’s history as a lens and container to observe. He also implements its innate physical properties in order to add perspective. When you look through a window at a tree, you are not actually seeing the tree—you are receiving information about that tree from the glass as light passes through it. This opens a dialogue about assumed knowledge through interpretation of what’s placed in and around the glass. 

Jesse layers elements of everyday life with imagery of death, morality, contradiction, and cultural issues that he wishes to better understand. He does this to enable the viewer to think about the subject in a different way, or to feel something they usually wouldn’t acknowledge. He does not aim to make bold statements, but to establish a dialogue about issues that affect our lives.

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Landscape VII
Blown glass, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape VII (Detail)
Blown glass, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape XII
Blown glass, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape "Free as a Bird"
Taxidermy Sparrow, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape "Time"
Deer skull, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape "Ursa Major"
Turtle shell, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape "Call of the Wild" II
Blown glass, taxidermy mice, and mixed media

Landscape "Progress"
Blown glass, taxidermy feeder mice, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape "Progress" (Detail)
Blown glass, taxidermy feeder mice, found objects, and mixed media

Landscape "Flight Distance"
Found objects, spray paint, and mixed media

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