My work is driven by uncertainty. It stems from personal memories and experiences, but taps into universal themes of adolescence, beauty, power, and fear. As a Florida native, this body of work oozes with tropical fervor, though its origins are found in feelings of uneasiness and deeply embedded childhood memories. Tangled palmettos and invasive vines serve as metaphors for instances in our lives when innocence turns to fear, while color lures the viewer closer. Ultimately, I present settings, objects, and environments that can be viewed wholly as a sanctuary or reminder of the past. My work is fragile and vulnerable, but it also possesses a dark and complex sense of power that mirrors personal strengths and weaknesses.
Jessie Barnes is an artist whose practice exhibits a deep appreciation of printmaking, painting, and drawing. As a teenager, she attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in her hometown of Jacksonville, FL, and later received her BFA from the University of North Florida in 2013. Barnes went on to obtain her MFA from the University of North Texas in 2017, and currently lives and works in Dallas, TX. She has assisted and participated in several workshops, including courses at Jacksonville University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Penland School of Crafts, and Frogman’s Print Workshops. Barnes has also taught many collegiate courses, which include Drawing Foundations, Introductory Printmaking, and Monotype Printmaking. The artist continues to exhibit her work nationally and internationally each year.