Jessica was born in 1991 in Grand Rapids, MI area, and recently received a B.F.A with a painting emphasis along with a B.A in Dance from Grand Valley State University in 2014. Her process begins by arranging interior spaces capable of evoking emotional narratives. The use of multiple light sources, objects and sometimes figures are added to suggest a narrative the artist begins to develop. Large canvas sizes allow the audience to enter the life-size space, and the dramatic light sources create paths that direct the eye throughout the composition. Emerging from dark spaces, the forms are carefully rendered as a therapeutic process of finding order in chaos of situations that remain out of ones control. Family tragedies and traumatic memories have had a major impact on the artist’s life, which is why the work tends to possess an undertone of loss.
By strategically illuminating the compositions, untypical colors emerge naturally in the space creating paths for viewers eyes to follow, and other areas are left dark and uncertain. Victorian Narrative paintings and nineteenth century Genre paintings have great influence on the arrangement of compositions. The interior spaces of Victorian Narratives are loaded with hidden imagery and symbolism to suggest a developing emotion. The “everyday moment” nature of the Genre painting is dramatized by the chiaroscuro effect and the grandeur size of the canvas. The paintings’ primary goal is to draw in the viewer through intense emotional responses, whether it is from relating to the figures themselves or an ambient mood created by the entire scene.