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The Gallery is only available for educational purposes to WWU faculty, staff, and students by appointment.
No outside visitors are permitted on campus during the Fall quarter.
Appointment hours are available from September 23 through November 20, 2020 during the following days/hours:

Mondays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 12-4

If you are a faculty, staff, or student interested in setting up an appointment to visit the Gallery, please email Tami Landis.

Jillian Roth, Mixed Media/Installation/Digital/Animation

Hue saturated checkered burger wrappers, model of grotesque hamburger, condiment packets
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 12:30pm
Online Event/Virtual



Register via Zoom to attend this event live. The event will also be streamed to Facebook.

Artist Statement

Borne out of middle-class suburbia and the predictable experiences of young adult life, my animations and sculpture are about the average Jane. Ordinary or monotonous events set the stage for comfortable narratives. With the viewer seduced and entertained, the scenes begin to change, as grotesque and disgusting possibilities unfold.

Ultimate Burger Fantasy is a rotoscope study of Carl’s Junior advertisements that aired on television throughout the 2000s to present day. I combine the images of women and food visually to create a single entity, exploring the complex correlation between extreme consumerism and over-sexualization of the female body in media. I play on the irony of the glamor of beautiful women juxtaposed with meat sandwiches in the advertisements. I do so by constructing a space for the consumption of sexual images and greasy burgers, which takes the shape of a disgusting bedroom hovel. The room is dark, the only light comes from the television and the distorted shapes of the animated food-women dancing across the soiled bed.

These vignettes are based on my own experiences with food service. As a waitress at a drive-in I found myself feeling trapped in a relationship of servitude to my customers. It was necessary to appear welcoming and physically attractive to the male gaze. The nauseating mixture of sex appeal and comfort food stayed with me, a repetitive, never-ending experience of becoming objectified in order to make a living. The use of the sexualized body to manipulate desire is everywhere and as unrelenting as the greasy underbelly of our society.

Image: Ultimate Burger Fantasy (Detail). Ink, butcher paper, queen mattress, plastic tablecloth, projection, ceramic / Variable dimensions

Artist Talk Series, Fall 2020

This fall the Western Gallery will be showcasing the culminating work of the 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts ("BFA") artists from the 2020 Spring cohort in the exhibition "In-Site: A New Realism." Due to the pandemic, this exhibition was postponed from the spring quarter to the fall of 2020. We are pleased to install the dynamic bodies of work that exemplify the perseverance of the artists during a challenging final spring quarter.

The week of Oct. 5, the exhibiting artists will give talks accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. We invite the community to join these virtual presentations. We will host a Q & A with the artist in the gallery as part of the presentation. To join us for the talks, please register for the talks by selecting any of the events listed on this page. Each event will have a registration link.