Local Artist Feature: Jillian Dickson Ludwig

UICA Jillian Dickson Ludwig Artwork

Artist, art educator, mother and wife, Dickson hails from a downtown-less town call Darien in the great state of Illinois. She moved to Rockford, Michigan 2 years ago and is a visiting assistant professor in drawing and painting at Alma College.

Jillian has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work has been seen at the 56th Venice Biennale in the centre of Castello as well as the Louvre in Paris France for the 2012 exhibition “Drawing Now”. She has also exhibited at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon and Swarm Gallery in Oakland California.

The reality of women’s underwear seems to be one big dirty secret.

The general American public is exposed too a single type of women’s underwear, the sexy and the cute. These garments are stringy, lacy, silky, and well hated by the vagina. The truth is, many women’s underwear is roomy, made of cotton, and filled with years of period stains. The “Underwear” drawing series attempts to take these daily garments out of hiding and describes them as sacred in it’s golden frames and beautiful in the luscious detailing.
— Jillian Ludwig Dickson on 'My Undies'

Who or what has been the biggest single influence on your way of thinking?

My daughter. Her existence boldly transformed how I think about myself and the world around me

Do you have a piece of work which stands out in your mind as something you are exceptionally proud of or that is particularly important to you?

My first drawing after giving birth is my favorite drawing. My daughter’s arrival transformed how I made art and it established my voice as an artist

What new projects do you have on the horizon?

Art is a grind for me. I try not to plan too far in advance. I try to keep working knowing that through work I will find new things to discover

What are you passionate about besides your work?

Probably a boring answer – I am passionate about being a wife and a mom and art teacher.

What’s the best piece of advice you have heard and repeat to others?

“Just keep going.”I probably say that a few times a week.

Looking for More?

Learn more about Jillian Dickson Ludwig here. See Jillian Dickson Ludwig's work at UICA as part of Enmeshed on view Jan 19, 2018 – Mar 18, 2018.

9, 2017, 22" x 27"

9, 2017, 22" x 27"