Jaclyn Kolev Brown was born in Petersburg, Virginia in 1990. Jaclyn is an artist and photographer whose work often emanates from a central theme of questioning either a collective or individual identity through book form or exhibition. Jaclyn earned her MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford’s International Low-Residency Program in 2018, and received her BFA in Photography & Film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. She was included in VCUart’s selective alumni show, The Gold Standard, which included graduates from the past decade. Her recent shows include, As to be Inaudible at C/O Berlin in Berlin, Germany curated by Jörg Colberg and Sustained Pause at Joseloff Gallery in Hartford, CT curated by Robert Lyons. Jaclyn currently lives in Richmond Virginia, and teaches at Virginia State University and The George Washington University.
A Kind of Blindness, A Kind of Sight explores faith’s connection to sight. Faith is a focused way of seeing that often looks past the present or reality into a hopeful, future-oriented, and abstract space. Faith can also lead a person to ignore the present or reality, and therefore be viewed as a narrow way of seeing or even a form of blindness. I explore this complex relationship through fragmentary-type images that grant the viewer this same limited perspective, but also guide the viewer through the work through use of symbols and through a collective narrative that together may point to a higher meaning greater than the single image.