Jessi Reaves

Wild Life


This volume brings together the paintings and drawings of Elizabeth Murray (1940–2007) and the work of New York–based sculptor Jessi Reaves (born 1986). Despite the generations that separate Murray and Reaves, this publication highlights each artist’s lyrical, playful and rigorous engagements with the decorative, domestic and bodily. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Wild Life explores Murray and Reaves’ often ambiguous conceptions of the body and the home, wherein both body and home are continuously coming together and falling apart. This book features a newly commissioned conversation between Reaves and Johanna Fateman as well as a reprint of a historical interview between Murray and Kate Horsfield, which together chart the two artists’ irreverent plays with color and form, high and low cultural references, and notions of masculinity and femininity.

  • Published on the occasion of the exhibition: Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Feb 24 - May 16, 2021. Exhibition traveled to Carnegie Museum of Art, Sept 3 2021 - Jan 9, 2022.
  • Published in 2021 by CAMH and Dancing Foxes Press, Brooklyn NY.
  • Paperback, 9.5 x 11 in (24 x 28 cm), 104 pages.
  • IBSN: 978-1-7336889-3-2.