Jessica Kennedy with husband Michael Kennedy

Ultraviolence

Oil on wood panel

48" x 48"

sides covered in gold foil

Screw your Anonymity

Oil and Resin on wood panel

48" x 48"

sides covered in gold foil

Honeymoon

Oil and Resin on wood panel

48" x 48"

sides covered in gold foil

Dark Paradise

Oil and Resin on wood panel

24" x 48"

sides covered in gold foil

Strange Clouds

Oil and Resin on wood panel

24" x 24"

sides covered in gold foil

Floral Installation

 

“Habromania”

(n.) delusions of happiness

 

The flowers iconography is a major influence in my work and in my art making process. Their natural aroma and alluring vibrant colors unarguably overwhelm our senses with passionate feelings of happiness.

 

I have been experimenting several different preservation methods on my flowers trying to preserve their natural form, color, and beauty. This experimental process related to our societies’ obsession with preserving and replicating nature’s beauty. However, not everything is as beautiful as it appears. Our synthetic replications of natural phenomenon are being created using artificial, toxic chemicals and harmful compounds that are polluting our environments through the use of these manufactured products. Unfortunately for us, we are too distracted, and quite, frankly, we are too obsessed to give a damn.

Living Installation

“Victorian Green”

 

(Project start date: Summer 2016- End Date: May 2018)

 

The Rococo era inspired me to combine the beautiful elements of nature with ornamental man-made furniture as a way to further explore my passion for interior design and the concepts I practice within my art.

The Rococo Era is one of my favorite time periods. It was an exuberantly decorative 18th century European Style that initiated the desire and need for interior design and focused on the art of decoration. I am drawn to the expressive characteristics of Rococo. It's elaborate style focused specifically on creating decorative home furnishings and ornamental objects that were created to accent an interior space.  Ultimately, this transition from canvas to furniture questioned the meaning of art.

Can furniture be art? Is aesthetic design considered fine art? What is art?

I wanted to create an environment that is inviting and comfortable in order to support and enhance our quality of life. In order to convey this simple message, it means taking all aspects of interior spaces and design into consideration. I decided to elaborate on the importance of furniture inside an interior space. The addition of moss and greenery was necessary in terms of design. The plants offer a natural element to my work which expresses my passion for creating healthy environments that fuel happiness. Moss  is  one of the most temperamental phenomenon in nature; and so, it was extremely challenging trying to control its natural environment by forcing it to grow, live and thrive on a red velvet Victorian couch...

 

Persistence and dedication is how I managed to get through this breakthrough and I'm glad I didn't give up because the end result was extremely satisfying. 

The moss now lives and thrives on this beautiful piece of furniture.

Acknowledgements 

 
Nathan Long and Ashley Clark
CSU art studio colleagues, and dearest of friends, 
assisted with the floral installation and moss couch 
James Florists
Primary floral donor
Columbus, GA
Denham's Florists
Secondary floral donor
Jenna Griggs floral designer and owner.
Columbus, GA
 
Outside World Columbus
donated beverages, coolers and ice for the exhibition event
Columbus, GA
Lindsey Braxton
donated a bouquet of roses
Joshua Richmond
donated a bouquet of carnations 
Cami Batts-White
donated three floral bouquets
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