JESSICA lynn WIEBE


  1. Untitled camo 0, 2019, 4’ x 7’ feet, oil on canvas

  2. untitled camo 1, 2019, 20” x 16”, oil on canvas

  3. untitled camo 3, 2019, 20” x 16”, oil on canvas

  4. untitled camo 4, 2019, 30” x 36”, oil on canvas

  5. untitled camo 5, 2019, 30” x 36”, oil on canvas


Jessica Lynn Wiebe is from Brandon, Manitoba currently living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated with her BFA from NSCAD University in 2015, and with her BEd from Acadia University in 2016. A former artillery soldier in the Canadian military, her artwork investigates the mechanisms of war, including the complex politics around gender, economy, architecture of war, and the human condition. She employs storytelling and performance in a multi-disciplinary practice to make work that creates dialogue by engaging and challenging deeply held beliefs and emotions about the military and war.

Currently, she is a participant of the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP) 2018-2019 through the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa and was recently embedded with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER. Jessica is also the current Artist in Residence at The Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax NS, see more here.


REPEAT IS PART OF AN ONGOING STUDY OF PERFORMED MOVEMENT AND PATTERN. THE PAINTINGS IN THIS EXHIBITION DIRECTLY REFERENCE TECHNIQUES PERFORMED IN THE MARTIAL ART OF BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU. HAVING TRAINED IN JIU JITSU OVER THE PAST YEAR, WIEBE HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE INVESTED IN HOW THE BODY RELATES TO ITSELF, TO OTHERS, AND TO THE ENVIRONMENT. 

BY USING A VARIETY OF JIU JITSU POSITIONS, WIEBE CREATES FIGURATIVE REPEAT PATTERNS. THE PATTERNS ALLOW HER TO ISOLATE SPECIFIC MOVEMENTS WITHIN A SEQUENCE. THE ISOLATED MOVEMENT REPEATS ACROSS THE PAINTED SURFACE AND IS FURTHER BROKEN DOWN USING SHAPE AND COLOUR TO DISRUPT AND CAMOUFLAGE THE REPEAT PATTERN.