“I swim in the sky; I float; my body is full of flowers, flowers with fingers giving me acute, acute caresses, sparks, jewels, quivers of joy, dizziness, such dizziness.”
– Anais Nin
diary, May 30, 1934
Drifting through themes of desire, fantasy, and youthful beauty, Jessica Martin produces oil paintings of a dreamy, cloudy nature. Using the female form she examines agency and sisterhood as a search for twinship or desire for alikeness. Her portraits coexist among interiors, moonscapes, blooms of flowers, and rare birds. Her current body of work draws interest from fashion’s passing epochs, and models as the muses of beauty ideals. She is interested in the trend of contoured makeup, or “flawless” beauty, as a complicated expression of confidence.
Jessica Frances Martin is a painter living in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at the Sullivan Galleries, PEREGRINEPROGRAM and )( gallery. This show at Ballroom Projects is the first solo exhibition of her work.