I'm Jessi, a Waking Dreamer and Energy Artist with 20+ years of experience in the visual and performing arts. Over the years I have trained in numerous forms of dance, theater, and visual art techniques, all of which, though seemingly disparate, are rooted in the recognition, modulation, and transformation of human energy, along with our individual and collective capacity to direct that energy as we choose. We can use the practical, concrete practices taught in the arts (such as body awareness; how to manipulate color, light and space to create specific emotional states; and how to break down a story to explore intent, desire, and meaning) and apply these practices to the creation and appreciation of our own lives.
The main focus of my work right now is my Body/Image/Object (BIO) Project. I created Body/Image/Object (BIO) to give women a space to tell all their stories, feel all their feelings, and integrate all of it into their beings so they can love exactly who they are now - every single glorious part. I create a safe and loving space for them to share the stories of their lives to help unveil the presence of love, accomplishment, and the perfection that already lies within them. I take my client’s stories and make their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives visible in sculptural forms. I cast portions of their bodies in a ribbon or apple-peel way (so you see inside and outside) and create mixed media “portraits” of their inner and outer lives. These BIOgraphical sculptures act as a mirror - reflecting interwoven pieces of their experience - trauma, joy, stasis, “success” and “failure.” BIO sculptures visually combine the shadow and the light of women’s lives, using the colors and textures of their memories, and incorporating the images and symbols that they have self-identified as embodying pivotal moments, struggles, and relationships in their lives. The underlying shape of the sculpture is based on their physical bodies, but the overall imagery is made up of the shapes, colors, and textures of their emotional bodies - pieces of their soul’s journey through this life.
In terms of who I have been as an artist over the course of my life, I shifted my focus from the performing arts to visual art-making about nine years ago. At that time I named myself DreamscapesInk. It was more accurate than I could have guessed. I’ve always been a big day-dreamer, or waking dreamer, and have noticed how effectively I make my dreams/desires (and nightmares/fears) a reality over time. I’ve always thought if we could see the hopes and dreams we have for ourselves and our loved ones - and see the landscape of emotion that is always shifting beneath our skin - we would understand and have more compassion for each other. So, through my work, I explore the physical, emotional, and spiritual landscapes within myself and others. I also explore the elements that make up our individual and collective dreams and how we manifest them in our lives.
I’m always questioning what is “real” when we each have our own version of “reality” and that “reality” is always changing. There’s great mystery and magic in that, and my work has a fantastical/mythological element to it. There’s strong sense of connective lines and/or textures that knit everything together.
For those who like to know about schools and credentials, I have a BA in Theater Performance from James Madison University and was an Acting Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY) and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (Brisbane, Australia). I have also trained with the SITI Company, the British American Drama Academy, Tina Mitchell (Suzuki, Viewpoints and Laban Instructor), Deborah Black (Viewpoints). I am a former member of AEA and SAG and have performed in numerous productions in the United States and abroad.
I have trained in various forms of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and West African dance at schools including James Madison University (VA), Joy of Motion Dance Center (DC), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), and Peridance (NYC).
I've been creating visual art of one kind or another since I was a child and have a mix of formal study and extensive personal exploration and experimentation. My visual arts & crafts background ranges from drawing and painting to mixed-media sculpture, collage, mask-making, beading, and mosaic. I have studied at institutions such as the Alexandria Art League and the Art Student's Leagues of New York. My work has been displayed in venues including MANA Contemporary (NJ), the Art Student's League of New York, and the streets of NYC (Herald Square, Lincoln Center, Central Park, DUMBO and more as a Sing for Hope Piano Artist).
Last but not least, I am a certified and insured Reiki Master in the Usui/Holy Fire Tradition.