Applied Arts and Craft
Jessica’s broad based artistic practice ranges from glass sculpture to digital art and installation using light and optics grounded in her fascination for scientific curiosities of the natural world.
Awards that she has received include an Urban Glass Fellowship, New York (2008), Safle Public Art Residency, Ruthin Craft Centre (2009), Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, London (2009), GAS Emerging Artist Lecture Award, Kentucky, USA (2010) and Oriel Wrecsam Open Professional Artist Award (2011).
Her exhibitions include OXO Tower Wharf London (2008), SOFA, New York (2010), Second European Triennial of Ceramic and Glass, Belgium (2010) and Broadfield House Glass Museum, (2011).
Jessica has undertaken prestigious public art commissions for Sherman Cymru in Cardiff, St Peters Church Ruthin, Blinc Digital Arts Festival and Conwy Castle.
Merging art, science and technology, Jessica’s energy-inspired work manipulates materials and light to reveal new perspectives on the world in which we live. Often utilising visual and optical effects to create sensory, interactive and immersive experiences, much of her work has evolved from investigation into a broad range of subject matter linked to natural phenomena, including bioluminescence, bioelectricity, geochemistry and the cosmos.
Jessica’s Creative Wales Award project will explore cross-disciplinary approaches to art by investigating convergences in fields of geology, biology, light and optics. This will be supported by research visits to the National Museum of Wales and Cardiff University to gain insights into scientific applications and technologies.
Jessica will then experiment with the creation of glass plate holograms at Optic Technium in St Asaph, North Wales and production methods utilising 3D workshop facilities at the new Creative Industries Centre at Glyndŵr University. These modern fabrication technologies will open up new avenues and approaches to making in her work that may take the form of optical sculptures, experimental light installations and the exploration of potential avenues in digital art.
Through her Creative Wales Award, she will advance her practice in new directions, challenge creative boundaries and explore new artistic perceptions of the natural world.
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