Jackie Tileston

A Fair Supply of Everything

A Fair Supply of Everything

66 x 60 inches / 168 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2016

Entropic Oracle

Entropic Oracle

60 x 48 inches / 152 x 121 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2016

The Anything Arrives Too Late

The Anything Arrives Too Late

48 x 60 inches / 121 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2015

Embarrassments and Awes

Embarrassments and Awes

48 x 60 inches / 121 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2015

Treatise on Apparitions

Treatise on Apparitions

72 x 60 inches / 183 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2015

Super Altogether Gone

Super Altogether Gone

72 x 60 inches / 183 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2015

Analogies of the Very Glory

Analogies of the Very Glory

66 x 60 inches / 168 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2015

Steep Tempest

Steep Tempest

22.25 x 22.75 inches / 57 x 58 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2015

Already Unknown

Already Unknown

66 x 60 inches / 168 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2014

The Problem of Distinctions

The Problem of Distinctions

72 x 60 inches / 182 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2015

Everything #1

Everything #1

30 x 22 inches / 76 x 56 cm, gouache and collage on paper, 2015

Everything #2

Everything #2

30 x 22 inches / 76 x 56 cm, gouache on paper, 2015

Everything #3

Everything #3

30 x 22 inches / 75 x 56 cm, gouache on paper, 2015

The Business of Circumference

The Business of Circumference

60 x 48 inches / 152 x 121 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2012

Encounters Upon Waking

Encounters Upon Waking

72 x 60 inches / 183 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2012

By Evan Robinson Photography www.evanphotography.com | Owls Xmas 2011

By Evan Robinson Photography www.evanphotography.com | Owls Xmas 2011

48 x 120 inches / 121 x 304 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2012

66 x 60 inches / 168 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201660 x 48 inches / 152 x 121 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201648 x 60 inches / 121 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201548 x 60 inches / 121 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201572 x 60 inches / 183 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201572 x 60 inches / 183 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201566 x 60 inches / 168 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201522.25 x 22.75 inches / 57 x 58 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201566 x 60 inches / 168 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201472 x 60 inches / 182 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201530 x 22 inches / 76 x 56 cm, gouache and collage on paper, 201530 x 22 inches / 76 x 56 cm, gouache on paper, 201530 x 22 inches / 75 x 56 cm, gouache on paper, 201560 x 48 inches / 152 x 121 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201272 x 60 inches / 183 x 152 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 201248 x 120 inches / 121 x 304 cm, oil, mixed media on linen, 2012

 

I am interested in creating paintings that bring together a wide multiplicity of sources into a coherent – and sometimes discordant – whole, an attempt at a “unified field theory” of painting.  My paintings feed off of the history of abstraction, physics, traditional eastern imagery, Chinese landscape motifs, digital imaging, and other sources. There is a constant flux between atmospheric and graphic, abstract and figurative, quiet and chaotic forces.  I see my creative process as an infinitely expansive endeavor in  which anything I read, see, or think about can potentially be incorporated into the language of the paintings.  This medley of sources is orchestrated to create or reconstruct a world within the painting in which a new kind of sense is made – one in which the beautiful, absurd, sacred, and mundane can coexist.  I do not find a conflict between meaning and visual opulence, between commercial culture and content, and I often purposefully cultivate an operatic sense of surface and reference. I am interested in the challenges of trying to forge a pictorial landscape in which anything could be included, but that seems to possess its own logic.

A re-reading of Foucault’s 1967 “Of Other Spaces – Heterotopias” essay was a recent inspiration since it perfectly defined the intent of much of my current work – to create paintings in which several different locations or spaces are made to coexist within one space. Ideas about how we construct our realities and selves through language, social structure, geography, and belief feed into this desire to juxtapose sites, spaces, and images that are themselves somewhat incompatible.  My work as a painter is to knit the world together in a kind of visual globalism.  There is both a sense of idealism and anxiety that accompanies this endeavor – the desire to make a democratic garden of Eden, and concern about how to make sense of it and reconcile disparities.

I am interested in visual democracies, nomadic thinking, rearranging hierarchies, and trying to fuse personal expression with shared social and cultural spaces, in full pictorial glory.  My goal is that my work can transform its multiple sources into a stronger, weirder, and more complex pictorial version of the world, a millennial baroque environment of inclusion.

Jackie Tileston received her BFA from Yale University, New Haven,CT, and her MFA in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Tileston has had exhibitions at the Discovery Museum, Bridgeport,CT; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack,NY, and more. Her work is in collections including: JP Morgan Chase; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; Dallas Museum of Art and West Virginia University Art Museum. She has been awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant.