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Jessica Plattner at Consort School

In exhibition When We Were Young, painter Jessica Plattner symbolizes childhood through images of animals and children inhabiting invented landscapes that she describes as “magical and logical, dangerous and safe.” Through this imagery she illustrates the somewhat surreal qualities of childhood and memory. This project references these ideas through use of invented landscapes that the students create for a chosen animal. Mason jars are used as stand-ins for bell jars. Today bell jars are used in science labs, but in Victorian times, they were display cases that housed taxidermy and other curiosities.