Empty Frontier: Narrative Drawings by Jessica Gengenbach

Jessica Gengenbach, The Jump, 20"x14", Watercolor and Colored Pencil

Empty Frontier features narrative drawings re-examining the American Frontier. Jessica Gengenbach's drawings wrestle with an idealized perception of the American West instilled by popular culture and the harm that was caused in its settling.

Gengenbach presents the dialogue between the idolized idea of the American West and its true history through a muted palette of watercolor and colored pencil. The characters represent the desire for freedom, often times twisted into a drive for pain or death, contrasting with the desire stability and comfort. The landscape remains constant, changing on a geological timeframe, but withstanding the seasons and outlasting the human dramas that play out on top of it.

Currently located in Austin Texas, Jessica Gengenbach participates in many group and solo exhibitions. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in printmaking. Most recently she was a resident artist at Art Farm Nebraska.

Gallery West, located in McKinley Arts & Culture Center is one of three galleries operated by the City of Reno. To learn more please visit: http://renoculture.com