"WORKS IN PLAY" by JESSAMYN BOX
My inspiration for painting comes from things we see in the everyday. Cracked and broken sidewalks, patched roadways, and the reckless disrepair of urban and industrial spaces. I find the multitude of textures and mismatched lines beautiful and inspiring; a painting just waiting for colour.
Every painting tends to be named in a different way; either a colour sparks a mood or image in my mind, or one of the shapes in my paintings demands attention and becomes the trigger for the title. My paintings feel to me like stories that start off of the canvas, drift on, are captured in paint, then drift off again. Naming them helps people grab hold of a thread into the story, then unravel it however they wish.
Born in Edmonton Alberta, Calgary based artist Jessamyn Box uses acrylic paint, marker, crayon, charcoal, ink and spray paint to create large, abstract works of art that are grounded in colour and explore the relationship and territory between objects and form. Her work is a multifarious, dynamic fairy tale that forces the journey’s plot and resolution into the eye of the viewer.
As a primarily self-taught painter, Box began her artistic journey at a young age with drumming and drama as her creative outlets. After studying Theatre Arts in college, Box found she was desperately craving colour and wanting to get her hands dirty, so she began experimenting with paint whenever possible. Artistic endeavours took second stage over the next few years as Box was focused on family life and rearing two fantastic kids. In 2010 Box and her family relocated to Vancouver, and with the painting bug now deeply rooted, she participated in a few abstract painting workshops at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. This was the catalyst that solidified the decision to make painting and mark making a full-time reality. Now years later, after much joyful paint splashing and style discovery, Box creates large, abstract works of art exhibiting with galleries in Vancouver BC, Portland OR, Brooklyn NY, Ventura, and Hermosa Beach CA. As a result, Box now has artwork in private collections throughout North America, as well as work displayed with the Vancouver General Hospital ( VGH) and University of British Columbia (UBC) Hospital Foundation.