“…They were only windmills. No one could have made any mistake about it unless he had something of the same kind in his head.”
As a steady distraction from painting I have folded hundreds of ink stained pieces of paper. After years of staring at the inkblots they became the catalyst for my on-going drawing project, “All in Our Head.” There are approximately 100 drawings in the series to date. The shapes are Rorschach inspired and much like a non- verbal version of Rorschach’s own diagnostic system, I have the blots before me and respond by drawing into them. There is a sense of immediacy in this process, which has allowed me to work intuitively and fluidly.
Artist Bio / CV
Jessica Nissen, native New Yorker, lives and works in Brooklyn and escapes frequently to the mountains and the ocean. Since 1991 she has exhibited extensively in New York galleries, and has participated, both as an artist and as an organizer/curator, in several large-scale interdisciplinary art events.
Nissen’s work includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and installations. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects have included medical/scientific material (X -rays, lab glass, rubber gloves and tubing) and been inspired by: comparative anatomy research, Rorschach’s psychological studies, Oscilloscope Lissajous patterns etc. The work may range in material and imagery but not focus. In all the work there is a fascination with and commitment to the investigation of body and mind. As artists we give ourselves license to explore for the sake of exploration.
Nissen received an MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art in 1998, a BA from Middlebury College in 1990 and earned undergraduate credits from the Rhode Island School of design and Tyler. She has been a fellow at The Corporation of Yaddo and the Chautauqua Institution.
Over the past six years she has been teaching beginning–advanced oil painting, drawing and 2-d /3-d courses as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Middlebury College. In the last three years she has been developing and co-teaching (with Crispin Butler, physics technician and general science wizard) an interdisciplinary course called, “Big Noise!” The course combines the physics of sound, electronics, sculpture, performance, and recycling; students build “instruments” out of found material and amplification systems from scratch. The course is at once an applied science class, an art/creative thinking class and an opportunity to discuss the role of art outside of the exclusive context of the museum or gallery –not to mention a chance to make a lot of noise.
Jessica also owns a red electric guitar that she likes very much.
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