Art: Issue #6

All In Our Head
Mixed-media on paper series

Jessica Nissen


Yellow House by Jessica Nissen

Yellow House




Nocturn Gesture by Jessica Nissen

Nocturn Gesture




Toxic Lake by Jessica Nissen

Toxic Lake




Lava House by Jessica Nissen

Lava House




Mountain Skull by Jessica Nissen

Mountain Skull




Artist Statement

The collectively titled “All In Our Head” drawings from this series are Rorschach-inspired and, much like a nonverbal version of Rorschach’s diagnostic system, I have the blots before me and respond by drawing into them, making sometimes small, or much broader interventions. There is a sense of immediacy in this action that allows me to work intuitively and fluidly. Each response is unique, yet subcategories of imagery emerge which reveal personal preoccupations: sometimes funny, or disturbing, or provocative.


Jessica Nissen splits her time between NYC, where she works as a scenic artist for the entertainment industry and Vermont, where she keeps a studio and occasionally teaches in the Art Dept. of Middlebury College. Since 1991 she has exhibited paintings, drawings and installations extensively, and has participated, both as an artist and as an organizer/curator, in several large-scale interdisciplinary art events. 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. Jess also owns a red electric guitar that she likes very much.

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