PARACOSMS/DINORAMA 2009-2017

My paintings investigate themes of aging and death through the guise of extinction metaphors. The often apocalyptic settings mimic the clouds of vitriol and fear rolling through contemporary discourse. My dino-clad figure patiently rides out the storm, more concerned with the rigors of playtime than the entropy around me.

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The installations are manifestations of the paracosms I lived in as a child - whimsical worlds encased inside the ordinary detritus of life. Entering the space becomes a safe haven where the pressures of life are left outside. The mind is left to wander to forgotten spaces, back to the imagination and wonder that is so often left behind in youth.


My work is a challenge to the notion of the seriousness of adulthood. The playfulness and wonder of youth is offset by the transition from child to adult, from play to work, from fantasy to reality, aging and death. By putting on the costume or creating immersive environments, I seek to escape from the crushing weight of the socially acceptable adult archetype imposed on me.

Paracosm I (2nd ed.), 2017
Paracosm I (2nd ed.), 2017
Destroyer of Worlds
Unexplained Mysteries, 2015
Contemplating Mortality, 2014
Bad Day Dinorama, 2011
Bakken Playset, 2015
To The Victor Go The Spoils, 2015
Tar Pit, 2013
Ice Age, 2015-16
Fossil Fuel, 2012
Archaeological Dig, 2014
Alteration I, 2015
Playtime Tattoo Machine, 2015
Alteration II, 2015
Business Fort, 2013
Dinotokos, 2011
So I went to the bar the other day
Paracosm II, 2014
Paracosm II, 2014
Paracosm II, 2014
Paracosm I, 2014
Paracosm I, 2014
Cataclysmic Distraction, 2014
Cataclysmic Distraction, 2014

© 2017 by Jescia Hoffman Hopper