Writer Spotlight: Jessica Oberdick

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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?
Five years

Favorite contemporary artist?
Cy Twombly

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.

Dream project?
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.