Morris Adjmi Architects

Kim DeJesus

The Map Home is a collection of paintings by American artist Kim DeJesus, continuing her exploration of memory and the aspects of life that can be controlled and what cannot. Using additive and subtractive gestures to visualize this tension, DeJesus’s process allows for accidents, discoveries, and an ongoing conversation between the artist, the material, and what appears on the canvas. The spontaneity of colorful washes stands in contrast to the intentionality of overlaid marks and added materials. Fields of color are manipulated to move, but complete control is not always an option.

For DeJesus, the concept of home is not about a fixed or real place but a map of memories, emotions, and connections to self, family, and nature. The last few years have marked a pivotal stage for the artist, emphasizing the transformative process of losing oneself or a loved one and discovering that the journey home can also be a process of finding oneself. In this context, The Map Home refers to DeJesus’s experience with painting and her artistic practice as a form of wayfinding. These paintings serve as a memory journey—a map of remembrance and rediscovery.

The exhibition will be on view from February 22, 2024, to April 19, 2024, by appointment Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 6 PM.

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Kim DeJesus is a contemporary American artist based in Los Angeles. She trained in Arizona at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where she was the recipient of the Katherine K. Herberger Painting Scholarship, and received a post-graduate degree from the Department of Art and Design at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. After her studies, DeJesus took an art teaching position and pursued community-based collaborative art initiatives throughout the United States and abroad for more than a decade. Her studio practice has led her back to painting and she is currently working with William Turner Gallery in Los Angeles.

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