• Jessica Diamond

    Birmingham Museum of Art

    For this show, Jessica Diamond invited the public to come to the museum and watch her make monumental wall paintings. It might seem that such an offer would seek to reinforce the mythology of creative expression by suggesting that the value and authenticity of the work depend on the artist’s physical production of it, but in Diamond’s case, to see exactly how the paintings are executed is to see the artistic process, at least in part, demystified.

    The paintings are realized from drawings projected onto the wall; for all their gestural immediacy, the final process itself is more akin to working

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