Jessica’s practice has many languages. She considers herself a maker, a learner, a narrative creator, a healer, a teacher, a philosophical thinker, a decontextualizer of objects, one who draws, listens, performs, sculpts, paints, writes. Recently her focus is geared towards collaborative, experiential performance & installation practices. Linked to inhabiting ones full spectrum of corporeal embodiment, she positions herself in conversation with site-specific responsive actions, movements, rituals or gestures. In alignment with the true nature of perceived solid matter, these moments are impermanent, fleeting, sometimes documented, sometimes archived, sometimes recorded, sometimes inscribed, other times seemingly lost, even forgotten. On the level of the formless, these subtle vibrational agencies of communication reveal a depth of being somewhat beyond her own intellectual comprehension. What often transpires through these multifaceted process oriented practices, is the field of energy and intent behind her work, which overrides the ego as the formless moves through her to express itself as form.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in January 1986, Jessica identifies as an interdisciplinary visual artist. She is a qualified Alexander Technique teacher (2007 – 2011) and B-Tech Honours graduate from the University of Johannesburg (2012 – 2015). She has been selected as a finalist in the following prestigious South African art competitions: Sasol New signatures, Absa L’Atelier, Thami Mnyeni Fine Art Awards, PPC imaginarium.
In 2016 she received a semester exchange bursary to the Museum School of Fine Arts, in Boston, focusing on Sound art and Performance art and participated in an intensive 10-day Public Art Lab class at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She lived in Fort Point studios during this 5 month period. Later that year she spent 3 months in residency at the Falconer Foundry, a local Bronze casting foundry based in Kwa Zulu Natal. 2017 presented a 3 month residency at Nirox Sculpture Park. The following year, she was invited back to Nirox for an 8 month contract as a co-assistant curator for Not a Single Story, a collaboration between The Nirox Foundation and Wanas Konst (Sweden). The end of 2019 presented a 6 week residency in Seydisfjordur Iceland, followed by a 5 week cultural exchange residency at Wanas Konst.
She has been freelancing as a muralist since 2004 and has built an extensive client base, both privately and within the corporate realm. She has worked as a curator, workshop facilitator, project manager and participated in numerous group shows, both nationally and internationally.