Jessica Frances Martin

Kayla’s Garden, 2022

Crayon on paper

Drawing76.2 x 56 x 2cmShips from United States of America


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About the Artist

Jessica Frances Martin (b. 1987 Phoenix, AZ US) lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. Martin holds an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Martin considers the borders between women’s inner and outer worlds. Her images are interior/ exterior explorations, playing with the boundaries between real world, fantasy, and fiction. Other themes in her work include bonds with animals, women engaged in leisure, play, and explorations of nature.

About the Artwork

My friend Kayla has a garden that she plants every spring in Chicago. She started to send me images of herself with her pet snails, the slugs, spiders, and other bugs she found as she planted and harvested. This drawing is based on an image she sent me. I’m fascinated by the tiny world small creatures exist in, and their part in a much larger ecosystem. How spiders weave webs, how tadpoles transform into frogs, how bugs tunnel underground. New narratives that are emerging in my work are subjects engaged in exploration, play, and observation of the visible/ invisible processes of nature.