F E E L as part education, part intervention, intends to raise questions about history, ableism, access, observation, sensory input, freedom, privilege, light and dark, and above all highlights the absence or marginalization of communities who have long been denied representation within art’s realms. “What is accessible art and how can accessible art provide new forms of communication and pathways into a more inclusive world? Using the Braille pages of The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the permission to touch some of the 2D and 3D works, sound, LED lighting and visuals, F E E L provides a multi-sensory pathway to preserving the exhibited works. In this exhibit, Wells caters beyond sight and asks the observer to think and feel outside of their own lived experiences. This exhibition will draw out the dynamic relationship between Wells’ transcendental works and the progressive, inclusive, and joyful culture of Plymouth Church.
About Jill Wells
Des Moines-based multimedia artist Jill Wells is best known for her dynamic and powerful narrative paintings investigating race, history, stereotypes, accessibility, and human experiences. Born in 1980, in Des Moines, Iowa, Wells was raised in Indianola, Iowa. She studied at Drake University (BFA 2005). An award-winning artist, Wells has been in practice for more than 19 years. She is the talent behind many highly visible murals and art projects in Iowa and elsewhere. She created the ‘Future’ mural, visible south of 6th and University avenues in Des Moines. Located on the north side of the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, the vibrant mural honors late community leaders and depicts towering Black figures. It features themes of home ownership, graduation, working families, the importance of setting goals to accomplish one’s dreams and more. Her artwork is represented in the permanent collections of The Center of Afrofuturist Studies at Public Space One, The City of Iowa City and The University of Iowa, Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, Disability Rights Iowa, Orchard Place PACE, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Polk County Jail (west wing) and Creative Visions Human Development Center.
Learn more about her work here: jillwellsart.com.
This exhibit will be on display in the Plymouth Gallery beginning Saturday, May 7 through July 7!
— Plymouth Gallery