Vol. 41 No. 2 (2020): Gender and the Canadian Armed Forces
The cover of Issue 41.2 shows Figurative Camo by Jessica Lynn Wiebe. The painting expresses the human condition and the many ways we grapple, physically and emotionally, with external forces that we face on a daily basis. This painting directly references a variety of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques that are used to create a figurative repeat pattern. The pattern repeats across the painted surface and is further broken down using shape and colour to disrupt and camouflage the repeat pattern.
Jessica Lynn Wiebe is an interdisciplinary artist and a former artillery soldier in the Canadian military whose body of work centres on reflections of militarism, military life, memory, and commemoration. Her interdisciplinary approach investigates the mechanisms of war, including the complex politics around gender, economy, architecture of war, and the human condition. By engaging and challenging deeply-held beliefs and emotions about the military and war, her work generates dialogue among members of the public, government, and those who serve. Jessica was born and raised in Brandon, MB, and currently practices in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, NS. Wiebe participated in the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP) 2018–2019 through the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa. www.jessicalynnwiebe.com