Wagner House Art Series presents:


May 19 - July 2, 2023

Jabari Owens-Bailey, Guest Curator


A Bright Uncertainty features the work of artist Lorra Jackson. The works are a selection of articulate portraits and figurative works and metaphorical imagined realities, all beautifully rendered in oil.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Jackson decided to pursue the arts wholeheartedly, going on to earn an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Much of Jackson’s work is an exploration of the legacy of her biracial identity and Korean and African American heritage. The idea of legacy is further expanded in her portraits of her young daughter.

Focused on the growth and development of her daughter, Jackson’s portraits are intimate depictions of the emotions she has captured, in moments of boredom or repose, in moments of engagement or distraction. In some of the portraits, the artist’s daughter looks on from childhood with adult lucidity, an air of expectance as she gazes at the artist (her mother) and the viewer. She is captured both challenging us and totally aloof to the world.

At times we feel Jackson questioning her faculties as a mother. In several works Jackson inserts her daughter into her own memories as a child in Korea, depicting fairytale landscapes that exist somewhere between her thoughts and reality.

A Bright Uncertainty (the title based on the artist’s description of experiencing maternity) provides a collective portrait of Jackson’s relationship with motherhood and identity, intertwining real moments and imagined memories. The resulting invitation to participate in what she shares is irresistible.


About the artist

Lorra Jackson is a classically trained painter who earned her Master’s degree from New York Academy of Art in New York City. Her work contains central themes of memory, racial and gender identity. She has exhibited in New York, her work is in collections in New York and China, and she has completed a residency in St. Barthe’s.

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the paintings, please contact Susan Warner at swarner@lakewoldgardens.org or (253) 970-9538.

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