60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC
Jessica Mein
15 October 2005 15:47 PM

Descended from a family of Northern Braziliam lace-makers, Jessica Mein substitutes contemporary techniques for those not passed on to her from her foremothers. The endless intricacies of their handmade lace drives Mein’s equally obsessive sculptural objects and drawings, though her materials are decidedly more modern: pencil on mylar, ink on graph paper, acrylic, glass and matte medium, even video. Despite the difference in their components and contexts, domestic compulsiveness in the service of cleanliness and order reigns as strongly in Mein’s tidy stacks of carved used soap and her finely detailed furniture matrices as it does in the most fastidious lace tablecloths and collars.

—Lori Waxman
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