Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist
Jess Portfleet is a Vancouver-based artist utilizing her sculptural practice to investigate and rewire the structures people build with and for, things. By casting, displacing, repurposing and collecting, she creates arrangements that question social concepts of control, investment, value and identity as they move through perceived connections with (and between) things. Portfleet reinterprets objects through exhibition strategies centered around staging and play. Using space and place as scaffolding, and props that provide alternative modes of support; these objects explore and articulate complex human moments. Portfleet received her MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2018. She is a sessional instructor in sculpture and ceramics at Michigan Technological University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Emily Carr University. She currently lives and works in the DTES of Vancouver, BC where she enjoys shopping the landscape for lost objects, found furniture and industrial salvage.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
My recent research employs ceramic casting in a sculptural practice that investigates how multiplicity and networks operate as reflections, extensions and actors in human experience. I posit that relationships are predicated by how objects interact with humans as subordinates, collaborators, and as agents. Examinations center around serialism and handwork in relation to definitions of identity and perceptions of control by using repetition, repurposing, and collection to question human-centrism and resulting value assignments.