Jessica grew up in the American Southwest, exposed to desert landscapes and modern architecture. Her father, a civil engineer, took her on tours of jails and prisons in her youth. This exposure to vast landscapes and confronting dwellings continues to shape her artistic career. She is intrigued by the contradiction of being in a place and not a part of the place, that there is always a separation between structure and freedom. 

Graduating from Pratt Institute in 2012 with her MFA in painting and drawing, Jessica currently resides in Arizona, where she continues her practice.

Jessica Rae Ecker © 2018

What is a dwelling but an empty vessel to protect from the surrounding elements, while conversely providing an anchor which holds its inhabitants within those elements. This necessary irony is an essential part of human existence. Yet, when one envisions the relationship with habitat and habitation, is it rooted in reality or an illusion of symbiosis? Is there an underlying combative friction within the dualism, or are both elements pulling away through an act of avoidance?

I believe as humans what we desire most is a genuine interaction and complete understanding from what we chose to interact with. As we progress through interpreted reality, we become more persistent in the questioning of our relationships - whether human-to-human, human-to-architecture, human-to-landscape, human-to-technology, etc. As we contemplate the reality of the experience verses the illusion of the experience, we realize the illussion is shaped by emotion and memory. Our interpretation of space and relationships changes as our interactions progress with time.