Jessica Rohrer has always painted the places in which she has lived. In her first solo show at PPOW Gallery, she has expanded from painting a history of her dwelling spaces to painting the neighborhood in which she currently inhabits. In this exhibition, Rohrer has precisely painted the entirety of Monitor Street, Brooklyn, miniaturizing it in a style that takes its influences from Sienese painting to photorealism.
Rohrer, in the past, has painted her surroundings as a means to explore her own history and identity. By painting her neighborhood, she is not only painting a portrait of herself but that of an identity connected to a larger community with its own sense of social history.
Rohrer received her M.F.A. in painting from Yale University School of Art and received the Gloucester Summer Fellowship.