Artist Talk with Jake Eshelman
Join us to hear from the Houston-based artist and visual researcher Jake Eshelman about his work on the Ivanchuk family in Heisykha, Ukraine, and how this body of work relates to his larger practice. In his global-in-scope work, Eshelman (b. 1989, USA) explores the complex relationships between people and other-than-human beings, most recently between humans and bees. His goal for his documentary practice is to investigate interspecies relationships in industry, agriculture, and conservation, so that we can fully consider our role in ecology.
Eshelman has exhibited work internationally, notably at Vantaa Art Museum Artsi in Helsinki, Finland; The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge University, UK; The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH; The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington D.C.; Hume Gallery in Chicago, IL; and Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis, MO. His work is in the permanent collection of the Chicago Design Museum and has also been included in independently published photo books, collaborative artist books, and even a children’s book by Simon & Schuster encouraging aspiring creatives to pursue artistic careers. He has also been featured in numerous publications including AND2020, Trouvé Magazine, Texas Monthly, The World Sensorium / Conservancy, and Then There Was Us, among others.
Eshelman is currently pursuing his MA in Ecology & Spirituality from The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. He holds a BA in Classical Literature, with a concentration in mythology, hermeneutics, and reception theory, as well a minor in studio art and art history from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is also a member of The Fairy Investigation Society.