The Sesnon Art Gallery features new UCSC Art faculty Dee Hibbert-Jones, Ed Osborn and Jennifer Parker, working in public art, electronic media, and sculpture/installation respectively, in our annual exhibition of Faculty Works. These artists have been living, teaching and working in the Bay Area for much of their careers and we look forward to sharing their work with the Santa Cruz campus and community.
Featuring work by new UCSC Art Faculty
New to the Sculpture Department, Dee Hibbert-Jones was hired as an Assistant Professor to develop the Public Art program at UCSC. Hibbert-Jones is originally from England and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 1994. Currently, she is working on a large-scale project entitled Psychological Prosthetics (PP) investigating the shifting ground between art, commerce and mental health. PP is a brand of sculptural products, patented by the artist, that claim to aid mental heath disorders. The performative aspects of the work explore the role of the artist as Shaman, nurse, sales person and street hawker. Hibbert-Jones holds an M.F.A. from Mills College; an M.A. in Women’s Studies from York University, England; an M.A. in Teaching from Durham University, England; and a B.A. in Literature from London University, England. She’s had numerous solo and group shows in the Bay Area and received an NEA Award Commission in 2004 in association with the Berkeley Arts Center. As part of her commitment to community based projects, Hibbert-Jones and her UCSC students are collaborating with Santa Cruz City School District’s 5th grade public art project, creating benches for each elementary school site. When asked about her impression of teaching here at UCSC she noted, “I’m very happy to be here. I love the students and faculty and, of course, the deer outside my office.”
Born in Helsinki and a long-time Bay Area resident, Ed Osborn spent the last five years in Berlin before joining the Art Department as Assistant Professor in Electronic and Digital Media. He received his M.F.A. from Mills College and his B.A. from Wesleyan University, and has exhibited/performed/taught extensively both here and abroad. His numerous grants and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship. Osborn’s sound art pieces take many forms including installation, sculpture, radio, video, performance and public projects. His works combine a visceral sense of space, aurality and motion with a precise economy of materials. Ranging from rumbling fans and sounding train sets, to squirming music boxes and delicate feedback networks, Osborn's kinetic and audible pieces function as resonating systems that are playful and oblique, as well as engaging and enigmatic. For this exhibition, he will create a remix of Attempting Ziggurats which find its basis in the story of the Tower of Babel and its ongoing reverberations in American culture. When asked about his impression of teaching here at UCSC, he replied, “Everyone here has made the transition from Berlin run smoothly.Sometimes I pine for one of those windowless, smoke-filled bars in Kreuzberg, but then I look at the ocean and think about surfing…”
Jennifer Parker has recently been made an Assistant Professor in the Sculpture Department where she’s been teaching sculpture at UCSC since 1999. Parker’s unique sculpture and installations often combine found and manipulated sounds, organic material, video and performances. While her degree is in sculpture, more traditional and craft-like techniques of textiles and fabric continue to be an important part of her work, which was dubbed “Unnatural Naturalism” by Matthew Kangas of Sculpture Magazine. Parker received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University and B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and participated in the Activating the Medium Festival in San Francisco in 2003. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Bay Area Video Coalition award and a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Scholarship award. When asked about her impression of teaching at UCSC, she responded, “The Art Department is very supportive, challenging and innovative toward teaching methodologies and studio research practice.”