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Jessica is an interdisciplinary artist in Upstate New York. Currently, she is working primarily in mixed media assemblage and digital photography, and is occasionally sidetracked by special projects.

Her assemblage work is quirky and whimsical, focusing on ancient Egyptian iconography, such as birds of prey or obscure folk heroines or deities, reaching to make a commentary on modern/not-so-modern issues like betrayal, revenge, politics, the deaths of people or relationships.

Jessica's photography peeks into abandoned properties at typically undisclosed locations, exploiting forlorn disintegration. She is particularly taken by the details of bright artifacts found in scenes near home or far away. Jessica continues to work on her NORAD Z-50 series, based on her visits to an abandoned radar base. Saratoga Arts made this body of work possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and The New York State Legislature.

​Presently, Jess continues to work on paper, canvas, wood and digitally while she builds a studio space. She is returning to linocut printmaking and casting 3D works from molds.

 

In her ongoing commitment to the creative sector, Jessica has served on the NYSCA Decentralized Visual Arts Organizational Grants Panel at Saratoga Arts for two years. She has been serving on the Albany Center Gallery Board of Directors since 2014 (President, 2015-2018). Jessica works as a nonprofit consultant and works regularly with arts and culture nonprofits (e.g.,  Southampton Cultural Center, the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company, and Youth FX, to name a few).

 

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