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Sat, Jan 27



Diane Christiansen & Jessie Mott Artist Talk

Join us for an inside look at our current exhibition "Scissors Is Our Love Language" with artists Diane Christiansen and Jessie Mott as they discuss the individual and collaborative processes behind their artistic practices.

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Diane Christiansen & Jessie Mott Artist Talk
Diane Christiansen & Jessie Mott Artist Talk

Time & Location

Jan 27, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Milwaukee, 706 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA


About the event

Hawthorn Contemporary is pleased to announce the exhibition opening of Scissors is Our Love Language, featuring both collaborative and solo work by Chicago-based artists Diane Christiansen and Jessie Mott.

The works in the exhibition were created throughout 2022-2023 in Christiansen’s studio. Working side by side most weeks, the artists accessed each other’s studio remnants—unfinished drawings, paintings that never quite came together, collage scraps— to create new works. Often, Christiansen and Mott would trade the pieces back and forth, trusting each other’s decisions to alter, transform, and sometimes eviscerate the original form. The resulting collages capture a spirit of playfulness alongside the tension of letting go.

Their hybrid visual language often references a body in an abstracted space, creating small worlds wherein elements of humor and melancholy mingle. The dominant medium in both Christiansen and Mott’s practice is water-based media on paper and each has a history of working in animation, some of which will be screened in this exhibition. The artists are also practicing social workers, which they believe provides an added dimension to the heart and joy of their collaborative practice.

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