work by Jean Hess in “Aboutness” at Covenant College
Courtesy of the artist.


Jean Hess: Aboutness

at the Kresge Memorial Library Gallery at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA
8 September-8 October 2021

Jean Hess‘ “Aboutness” includes collage paintings that combine found-paper ephemera, paint, resins and pencil as well as hand-stitched collages of antique textiles. Although Hess works with certain themes in mind, these collages are not meant to tell a story. Hess prefers to concentrate on focused process and energy expenditure to achieve work that is deep or salient rather than topical.

The exhibition is the culmination of a fifteen-year conversation between the artist and artist-curator Jeffery Morton that hinges on the idea that art and life cannot be separated. Morton writes, “From macro images of space and celestial bodies to microforms of minute hand-sewn threads, Hess’ work suggests that artworks move beyond the self to a larger vision of the world.”

(text adapted from materials provided by the artist and curator Jeffrey Morton)


Kresge Memorial Library Gallery
Covenant College
14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750 USA
(706) 820-1560

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Friday, 7:45AM-5:30PM
Saturday, 11AM-6PM