Join us for the opening reception of the Exhibit in the Charles Schridde Gallery on Friday, March 16th from 6:00-9:00pm.
Artist Statement and Bio
Jessica Montague is a professional ceramicist living and working in the Metro Detroit area. She specializes
in mold making, sculptural tile and tile installation. Her education came from Wayne State University;
however, is also a self-taught artist. She has worked for the past 10 years at multiple ceramic studios, both
here in Detroit as well as Columbus Ohio.
"My ceramic work is derived from my respect and admiration of the talented artist who have come before
me. I choose to rework their ideas in my own medium – Clay. Ceramics is the ideal medium to convey my
vision with the depth, clarity and richness of the glazes combined with the plasticity of the carved clay. It is
exciting to take raw materials from the earth and to transform them through fire. The ceramic surface
offers a chance to capture the color and depth one might see in the velvety night sky, on the raw bricks of
a house, or on an antique skeleton key.
My influences for all these series are drawn specifically from the Primitive Art period of the early 18 th
century and from the Art Nouveau illustrations of the 19 th century.
Art Nouveau – The term meaning “New Art” is inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly the
curved lines of plants, flowers and the human body.
In my first and second series, there is a direct correlation of my inspiration of the Art Nouveau style. With
its supple, elegant lines and romantic style.
Primitivism – The term Primitivism is used to describe the fascination of early modern European artist with
what was then called primitive art – including tribal art from Africa, the South Pacific and Indonesia.
In my Firth series, I am using the term primitive as an idea to search for a simpler more basic way to look
at the world that surrounds us. Deconstructing a complex structure into a more basic figure made up of a
flat palate and simple lines."
Victoria Ann Worral
I was born in Denmark to an English Mother and a Danish father. I lived in London for a year and in Norway for seven years and then intended to live in New Zealand for a bit, but I met my soul mate instead…
He is from Oregon and brought me to the USA, where we started an adventure together up in Alaska and was there 5 years, Oregon 4 years and summer of 2016 we moved just outside of Detroit, Mi.
We love the life we have been given and seeing the world together with our two boys, a short-legged dog and a cat that keeps the dog happy. we are exited about where life has taken us, and each place has given us and taught us something amazing in life!
When I was a kid I really did not like art that much. Later down the road, life took a turn and it took me with it, a skiing-accident made me finally listen to what it was life wanted me to do. Stuck up in snow-covered mountains in Norway. I could no longer go skiing, as I had proven the Norwegians right that Danes cannot ski. I today embrace the ski accident for stopping me up and forcing me to see what I could not discover by my self, that I needed to paint! This fills my cup up and I love what I make, it can still stun me that others can enjoy what I make too!
I have a broad style, I love colors, I know I have a lot to learn yet and I look forward to see what can come out of my brush. I never know how the end result is going to turn out.