Jane Westrick

Region: MFA Annual

Website: http://janewestrick.com

City / State: Jersey City, NJ

I use the subject matter of female soccer players and a soccer field as metaphors to address issues of gender expectations and socially enforced rules. These players are female-identifying, though often masculine in appearance. They are sometimes seen as androgynous or as men, and I welcome this ambiguity. The soccer field’s painted lines mark its boundaries and designate an interior area where alternative rules apply.

Split into sections of paper, zones of color, or layers of linear imagery, my paintings resist the assumption of a unified space. I use a different logic of composition within each section, zone, or layer. By presenting conflicting ways of telling a story and ordering a space, I encourage the viewer to approach a painting from different orientations.