Born and raised in Chicago, I arrived to the West in 2000 where I had planned to live since my first trip to the area in 1980.

The material focus of my work is drawing and erasure.  Line produced as a rhythm, repetition and grid is my visual language; it simply maps my movement. I seek to keep my materials as simple as possible. The drawings that come from my movement document and betray the physicality of my process. For me, there are complex subtleties in understanding and engaging with both minimal and post minimal work. It feels like a puzzle with potential – needing ones attention and time in order for it to be activated. I work for the drawings to create elements of indefinability, presence, precision and the liminal. I am always considering what it means to engage with and to feel the edge.

My work is in private collections, shown locally and nationally and has been published by Phaidon Press. I am a recipient of NEA and NEH grants. My graduate work was completed at the University of Chicago; my undergraduate work completed at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I continued on, there, as an Assistant Director for the Division of Continuing Studies until 1996. I have also served as a Cultural Enrichment Manager for the Chicago Park District. I taught for the Art Education Department of School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Depts. of Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming and Naropa University.  After serving as Lead Faculty for Visual and Media Arts in CADHu (Department of Creative Arts Design and Humanities) at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, Colorado, I have returned my work as an adjunct faculty member, fortunate to teach a wide range of engaged students who are interested in exploring art appreciation and issues in contemporary art practice.


Contact: J.L.Kiessling@gmail.com