Questioning our ideals about nature, Jessica’s work focuses on how we culturally shape the aesthetics of agricultural production and of our immediate landscape. Urban remnant tree stumps that survive with oblivious endurance; bucolic California birds heard over the din of urban sound; sexualized formal qualities of tomatoes, and the experimental hybridization of commercial apples, all have become subjects of her work.
Recent solo exhibitions include Jack Hanley Gallery, NY; Pasadena Museum of California Art; Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design; and the Torrance Art Museum. Her awards include a Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists grant, Durfee Foundation ARC (Artist Resource for Completion) grants, a Metrolab Commission Grant, and the Bridge Residency Award from Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA.
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Jessica grew up in the southern Missouri Ozarks and Vermont. She received a BA (1990) in Sociology from University of Missouri, MFA (1996) from California Institute for the Arts and studied at School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Jessica lives and works in Los Angeles.