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Collection: Great Big Holiday Sale 2021

Interact is pleased to present This is a Picture that Janice Made, the first solo exhibition by Janice Essick (b. 1958), a painter whose deeply emotive work captures the vigor and resolve of her subjects. Essick, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has practiced at Interact since 2005. Drawn from personal history as well as invention, her paintings of women, men, horses, cityscapes, and color compose a personal iconography that spans her seventeen-year career at Interact. This is a Picture that Janice Made features 35 drawings and paintings from her extensive archive.  

Essick’s work is simultaneously boundless and expressive, intimate and compelling. She is an ardent recorder of people, both in groups and alone, showing dramatic faces and personal style. Working intuitively and incessantly, Essick adds layers of medium until a piece looks right. In the studio, she surrounds herself with reference books, markers, and paints, a spread of images and media to choose from.   

Essick, who identifies as a Black woman, includes in the exhibition excerpts from a series of drawings that she made in Summer 2020, responding to the murder of George Floyd. Her paintings of men in orange clothing and tan uniforms revisit the artist’s personal experience in Milwaukee years ago, where she survived police brutality.   

Alongside these scenes of violence and social unrest, Essick inserts moments of hope. Riders and horses represent liberation, a rider being untouchable by the police. Images of people on horseback and portraits of horses also hold personal significance: years ago, when she lived in Wisconsin, Essick loved to ride a horse named Pony.  

Essick paints fearlessly and hopes that viewers will feel “happy, pretty, and all of that” when experiencing her work. “I think I did a good job,” she says of the exhibition. “I hope people like it.”  

 

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  • Matt Zimdars, Untitled (Fireplace)
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  • Matt Zimdars, Untitled (North Pole)
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  • Matt Zimdars, Untitled (Decorated Tree)
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  • Scott Sorensen, Untitled (Blue and Yellow Mask)
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  • Scott Sorensen, Untitled (Orange Mask)
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  • Scott Sorensen, Untitled (Yellow Mask)
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  • Alicia Wiese, Hamburger and French Fries Earrings
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  • Alicia Wiese, Snake Fringe Earrings
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  • Alicia Wiese, Skeleton Earrings
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  • David Wright, Set of 4 handmade cards
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  • David Wright, "Pisa Leaning Tower"
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  • David Wright, Set of 8 handmade cards
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  • Carl Clark, Untitled (Cottage)
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  • Carl Clark, Untitled (Pasture)
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  • Carl Clark, Untitled (Red Barn)
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  • Victor Van, "Strawberries and Cream Shortcake"
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  • Victor Van, "New York Cheesecake"
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  • Victor Van, "Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake"
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  • Kramer Hegenbarth, Untitled (Chip Bag)
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  • Kramer Hegenbarth, "Oops Again"
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  • Kramer Hegenbarth, "Oops Dog"
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  • Kramer Hegenbarth, Untitled (Takeout Box)
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  • Terina Pierce, Set of 4 handmade cards
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  • BDG Wolfe, "Let's Go to the Farmer's Market"
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