About the Work
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures - Jessamyn West
Paintings, drawings, and prints are used to illustrate my ongoing fascination with psychological ‘states of being’. I often portray ‘out of the ordinary’ states of being by altering familiar surroundings, objects, or attributes associated with typical human behavior. These familiar yet subtly deceptive ‘out of the ordinary’ states can be complex, but can also seem quite obvious in their presentation. It is my intention to emphasize, as well as ‘peculiarize’, the familiar, drawing attention to undercurrents of hidden meaning. Psychological states can be implied through carefully orchestrated narrative moments. These moments are glimpses; not simply motion stills, but captured moments through which the subject engages the observer, allowing the observer to react to the subject’s experience.
Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jessica Chao received her bachelors of fine arts at the University of New Mexico. Whilst remaining active in the artistic community, Jessica has been consistently and earnestly developing an aesthetic through various mediums; be they drawing, painting, lithographic, linocut, or sculptural techniques. A multiplicity of skill sets are used to translate her constant interest in the realm of dark arts into the vacillating semblances of macabre imagery and uncanny familiar of everyday imagery. Balancing digestible and appealing bright palette colors with distorted, spliced objects, Jessica’s work can be described as forebodingly unnerving, yet subtly engaging of an audience with an eye for detailed intricacy.
Visit Jessica’s website: www.Jchao-art.com