Carolyn Henne, Associate Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance and Art Department Chair and Allys Palladino-Craig, Director of the FSU Museum of Fine Arts named Jérémie Baldocchi as the 1st Award winner and Jessica Teckemeyer as the 2nd Award winner of the 27th Annual Tallahassee International.
Jérémie Baldocchi, the 1st Award winner, is a contemporary and figurative painter who maintains a studio in Paris, France. Baldocchi comments, “I would like, through my images, to make things attractive that at first glance are not. Images that people love or loathe to see is what fascinates me and it is what I want to re-transcribe into my paintings; the fact that our eyes do not reflect to all the same world, things, objects or people. This theme is about my obsession and passion for bodies, all of them, and their deviation, distortion, disproportion and anomaly. The colors are bright in a cozy interior, but the characters’ embarrassment is strongly present. My inspiration comes from daily life, foibles, people’s habits and mania and last but not least absurdity of some situations in life.
Jessica Teckemeyer, the 2nd Award winner, is an Assistant Professor of Art at Clarke University and maintains a studio in Dubuque, Iowa. Teckemeyer explains, “In my work, the psychological becomes tangible through sculptural forms. The current series We Are Animal examines the complexity of inner existence and how human behavior reflects cultural influences. Prominent influences include a society’s history, religions, science, media, and mythology. Beyond environment, innate instinctual forces also drive human behavior. The human condition is domesticated; we are animals. As social creatures, we combat reason versus instinct. Through translating a human experience into the form of an animal, we are able to look at ourselves from another viewpoint. Each sculpture in the series utilizes human-like eyes to provide the viewer with a clue to the work’s introspective nature”.