Jessica was born and raised in the Columbus area. Going to college to study art was a natural decision for her. Even as a child, she recognized how space affects human behavior. Jessica tries to understand atmosphere by really looking, listening and learning what people are drawn to, in order to figure out what it is that gives us purpose and satisfies our longing for happiness.
Jessica creates art to enhance a setting where the furniture and objects are all a part of a greater experience. When beginning a painting, she thinks of the space it's going to inhabit. With every brush stroke and paint placement, she considers its overall energy and purpose. Her paintings are inspired by the truth and the power of nature and beauty through the use of color and aesthetic design. She aims to create vibrant oil paintings meant to fuel happiness within an interior space.
Good design goes far beyond looks. Jessica’s work enhances a space in order to promote one’s wellbeing and improve the reality of life itself. By amplifying our visual senses within an environment, it is possible to create and maintain our very own paradise.
The products we own, their color, form, textures and smells- can feed our senses and create life-enhancing environments in which we can relax, entertain ad indulge in our hobbies. Many of us spend a large part of our lives inside spaces we usually have little control over. But awareness of problems that can affect us will enable us to take action to encourage the creation of stimulating and nurturing environments. Jessica wants art to encourage environments to support and nourish our senses.
Jessica has recently donated works to The American Cancer Society and to our local Columbus Museum.
(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.
(Project start date: Summer 2016)
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.