JILLIAN OHL

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA

Jillian Ohl is an artist, illustrator, and educator from Winston-Salem, NC. In 2022, she received her MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited throughout North Carolina and she has a wide range of commercial illustration clients. She has taught art and design at Appalachian State University, Forsyth Technical Community College, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, and NC State Crafts Center. Jillian has been producing her own stationary and print line since 2018 which can be found in many North Carolina galleries and gift shops. Her work is created through drawing, painting, and printmaking. She is inspired by fashion, humor, pop culture, femininity, and place. Dissecting fashion photography and using collage and drawing as an interference changes the narrative of the original image as well as questioning feminine social norms. The mixing of mediums and printmaking methods is meant to confuse original sources and speaks to the layers of reference and appropriation in fashion culture. Representing places, architecture, and objects also adds to the personal narratives present in the work. In many ways, her focus is on celebrating femininity, fashion, decorative, and the superficial.

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