The mill is almost unavoidable to pass by, under, or through when one travels down the roads in town. This painting depicts a large pipe that straddles the offshoot labeled “Main Street.” Ironically, it is not the main street. It’s a side road with a welding company on one side, remnants of the mill on the other, and a comfortable berth for waiting and resting tractor trailers. Passing beneath this pipe, one can imagine walking through it, with its diameter comfortable for an average statured person. Then it suddenly transforms into a portal opening into an unknown and seemingly forbidden land on the other side of the concrete wall, with barbed wire and leaning electric towers. This path is only for the bravest of explorers.
Born and raised in the gently rolling hills and farmlands of Lancaster County, PA, Jaci earned a BFA in Painting/Drawing at Tyler School of Art (of Temple University) in Philadelphia, PA. After moving to Pittsburgh, PA, she participated in her first residency program, The Distillery, through The Brewhouse, a gallery/work/live space located on the South Side of the city. A 2020 recipient of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship, and mother to three, Jaci spends most of her time caring for her family while carving out time to work in her home studio. She continues her industrial landscape work based on observations of her current hometown of Weirton, West Virginia, once a monolith of the steel industry, now a Rust Belt beacon in the process of revitalization. She regularly shows her work though juried exhibitions, in collector’s homes throughout the country and completes commissioned work when able.View Artist
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