April 18, 2021

VJ_Burden of InvisibilityTHE BURDEN OF INVISIBILITY  |  An Exhibition by Veronica Jackson

Exhibition Dates: Saturday April 18 – May 23, 2021
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 18 • 2:00 – 5:00pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday / Friday / Saturday • noon – 8pm   |   Sunday • noon – 5pm

Gallery Address: 536 Craghead Street, Danville VA • Danville River District

Veronica Jackson will be giving an artist presentation on May 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
For anyone interested in receiving a zoom link, please contact info@danvillemuseum.org.

Veronica Jackson’s work is autobiographical, stems from her position as a black woman marking space, and responds to the travails of her ancestors. She has a multidisciplinary visual-art practice based on an interpretive exhibit design, and architecture career spanning more than three decades. Jackson tells stories using quotidian objects such as felt-lined bulletin boards, clothing, hair, handmade paper, timecards, and text. Her work addresses several internal queries arising from her plight as a black woman in America: What does it mean to be invisible? How does the designation of invisibility affect her identity and sense of self? 

Jackson’s background encompasses the critical examination of visual culture. As an architect and designer, she creatively solved problems related to the structural systems within virtual and built environments. As an artist, she records, interprets, and makes aware the complexities in which humans exist and affect their social surroundings. Her visual art making practice is a combination of past professional disciplines, present lived experiences, and the cache of contemporary and historic research accumulated. Jackson’s initial and ongoing project—The Burden of Invisibility—is the physical manifestation of her evolution from designer to visual artist, as well as a reaction to the world around her. This work forms the foundation of Jackson’s practice which investigates how black women see, don’t see, value, or devalue themselves in visual culture, and how these attitudes affect their sense of agency in constructing their own imagery or endeavors to mark space.  

Jackson’s artwork is also grounded in the belief that studying visual culture elicits transformation. As an emerging cultural producer with a socially conscious practice, her goal is to engage audiences who may benefit from the ways visual art incites the imagination to see the world differently and eventually empowers them to creatively contribute to it.

To find out more about Veronica Jackson’s work please visit her website at: https://jacksondesigngroup.com/veronica-jackson


This project is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Danville Regional Foundation (DRF)
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

The City of Danville and the Creative Communities Grant Task ForceGale and James Allen, Rick and Kristen Barker, Lamar Barr, Niki Fallis, Anne Geyer, Bonnie and Chris Griffith, Carole and Mark Holland, Harry Lea, Sam and Fay Kushner, Ronnie and Steve Mand, Pat Maurakis, Irena Reimann, Ann Sylves and David Corp, Marcia Turner

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