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Jillian Ludwig
Lafayette, Indiana

pages 110-113


Une Obsession Tranquille considers the clichés and perversions within the confines of monogamous love, given the freedoms to share ones unadulterated and absolute self, unconsciously. This series was in reaction to my first year of marriage while working in Lyon, France.

The substitution of elephants for the human body was in an attempt to create a visual expression of sexuality and love, barring the application of any accustomed westernized female or male physical guidelines of beauty and sex. The elimination of the physical human form was also in effort to eradicate any sense of self-awareness. The lack of self-consciousness and vulnerability when replacing physical human form gave way to the possibility of exposing one's absolute self, their secrets, and inevitable perversions.

Each image displays an act of humorous oddity engaged between two unconditionally accepting animal forms. To further imply the natural unwavering acceptance of the other's true self, the series was drawn in a quiet monochromatic pallet, an intimate size format, and infused with richly tantalizing details in hopes to celebrate the revealing and acceptance of our lovers and our own personal imperfections.



born:1983, Chicago, Illinois


Clemson University, MFA, 2008
Bradley University, BFA, 2001

selected awards/honors

Technical Assistant Grant, Mary Beasom Bishop and Francis Summer Merit Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, 2007
General Work Study Grant, Penland School of Craft, 2007
Clemson University Summer Scholarship Grant, 2007
Drawing Assistantship with full tuition and stipend, Clemson University, 2005

selected publications

College of Art and Architecture Yearly Calendar, 2008

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Two Person Exhibition with Jane Ryder, Peoria Art Guild: Sexy Beast, Peoria, IL, 2011
Solo Exhibtion, Phoebie's Art Gallery: This or That, Muncie, IN, 2010
Solo Exhibition, Artistry Gallery: Until Now, Greenville, SC, 2010
Solo Exhibition, Arts and Lights Gallery: Prickled Lilly Perch, Greenville, SC, 2008

selected group shows

33rd Annual Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2010
Arts and Hearts International Group Exhibition, Pajama Factory, Montorsville, PA, 2010
Strokes for Hope, International Juried Exhibition, Red Bluff Gallery, Red Bluff, CA, 2010
Art in Empty Windows, Closed Store Front, Waukegan, IL, 2010

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