Writer Spotlight: Jessica OberdickMembers-Only Content
Our Patreon supporters get to learn more about Ruckus writers through a series of lightning-round questions. This month, meet Jessica Oberdick.
How long have you lived in Louisville?
Favorite contemporary artist?
Favorite movement in art history?
Probably German Expressionism.
Favorite art-related book?
I always loved Phaidon’s VITAMIN series—Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, there are more—all focused on different mediums.
Favorite non-art-related book?
Right now, anything by Tana French, though her books usually leave me devastated for days.
Where do you write?
Usually on my couch or in my bed. I gave up trying to be the type of person who wanted to sit at a desk. I like to just spread all my books around me so I can jump between researching and writing. And my dog likes to keep me company.
Most inspirational place in Louisville?
Any library. I could spend hours browsing books.
I’ve always wanted to start my own gallery/artist space. Somewhere I could put together shows, have artists in residence, and a community workshop area where artists could access any tools they need—for frame building or photo developing etc.
What kind of artwork do you have at home?
A few local pieces: a print by Stephen Irwin, and a collage by Ken Hayden. Plus this beautiful photo I bought by Drew Nikonowicz who was in the first photo biennial I saw in Louisville. A couple of things by friends and family, and some of my own photographs and an ancient painting I did in undergrad that always seems to travel with me. Once I have a bigger space I’ll start collecting more.
What is your trashiest trash?
Dominos pizza in bed? While watching Law and Order? After a long run on a Sunday it is the best.
Jessica Oberdick is a regular contributor to Ruckus. Read some of her writing here.