Jessica Rachelle Willis
Intuition guides my work as I study natural and recycled materials, collecting in a non-destructive way and creating organic art forms. Nature is my source of inspiration; spending time in the heart of the woods creates an understanding of the material’s origins as well as nature’s cycles, patterns and textures. Through a process that appears to be of chance, impulses transform my work, allowing forms to grow organically.
Working on many pieces at a time allows me to translate ideas between mediums, moving fluidly between materials and dimensions. The work grows spontaneously and relies on a strong sense of tactility for both maker and audience as mediums are explored and combined. Change is the only constant as life adapts; growth and decay become the notes within a musical beat. By using natural and recycled materials while surrendering to improvisation, I holistically participate in this rhythmic cycle.
Since moving to Redding,CA I have been studying under the guidance of local plein air painters and exploring the vast landscapes of Northern California. Most recent works are created with all natural homemade encaustic medium. The physical nature of the paint stimulates my senses as I create the medium in an eco-friendly manner, cooking it up on a hot griddle, smelling the beeswax as I paint and torching it with fire.
I received my Bachelor’s of Fine Art, specializing in Sculpture, in December 2013 from The Ohio State University. Now, I work as the Librarian and Art teacher at Monarch Learning Center, a charter school in Redding. I am also involved with the new local co-op hosted by Shasta County Arts Council called ARTsMART Boutique.