Jan Estep, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2007
Jan Estep (Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts)
Project title: “Philosophical Conversations (A Three-part Video Cycle)”
Jan Estep developed materials related to a multifaceted art project concerning the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and a hut he built in Norway. She developed a series of drawn maps, collaged photographs, and designed and printed a tourist informational map of the hut’s site. This work will be exhibited in a show at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in July 2007. She prepared for two other exhibitions: a solo show featuring embroidered-linen text pieces at Barrow and Juarez Contemporary Art, Milwaukee, May 1-25, and “SAD: A Northern View of Darkness,” a group show that runs June 8 through September 8 at the Weisman Art Museum on campus. In addition, she photographed, designed, and printed a 160-page artist book titled Hot Air Sincerely, and wrote three articles of art criticism: “Kara Walker,” Modern Painters, July/August 2007; “Performed Photography: Making Things Public,” Public Art Review, Issue 36, Spring/Summer 2007, 45; and “Happily Ever After? Into the Woods with Amy Cutler,” Rain Taxi, Vol.12, No. 1, March 2007, 34-35.
During her time at the IAS, Professor Estep was introduced to fellow George Henderson (Geography), who invited her to write an essay for the journal Cultural Geographies, of which he is a coeditor. In writing about her fellowship, Estep noted, “The greatest benefit of the IAS Fellowship program is the luxury of time,” and that time allows fellows to concentrate on their research and creative work most productively.