Jessica Lee Ives uses paint to explore and experience her adventure-filled relationship with the landscape of her home state of Maine, her spirit state of Oregon, and beyond. "I paint out of love — love for the world and for the human capacity to know the world through movement, recreation, and adventure. Kinesthetic intelligence and imagination are very important to me; so is the sensation of wonder. That a small movement of paint can capture a large movement of body through water, and that we can know the world’s beauty through both these actions, is astounding. It’s time we start picturing — and feeling — ourselves in the landscape more."
Jessica’s current studio is located in Camden, Maine where she and her husband, Jonathan, own and operate Making Movement, a clinical massage practice. They work specifically with artists and athletes, treating pain conditions that limit creative and performance potential, helping clients return to, and excel at their art or sport. Together, in all their life and work, Jonathan and Jessica believe in the integrity of the human body, the vitality that is this body in motion, and the necessity of moving it in, through, and with the natural world.
Jessica received her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union School of Art and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of 2003. Her work as an artist-in-residence at Ground Zero in New York City after September 11, 2001 earned her the Clark Foundation Fellowship with which she pursued her self-directed M.A. at New York University’s Gallatin School, combining work in the fields of art, religion, and public service. Perhaps surprisingly, it was Jessica’s training at the small Sage School Of Massage in Bend, Oregon that marked a turning point in her art career. In 2016 she accrued hundreds of hours of clinical, hands-on palpation of the human body while studying anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, all in the context of the outdoor athlete’s paradise of Central Oregon. As a lapsed plein air painter in search of a new vision for her landscapes, she found it in this: the embodied experience of the natural world.
Jessica’s most recent work is influenced by the following people, resources, and ideas: Katy Bowman, Tom Meyers, Josef Albers, Irwin Rubin, Irwin Kremen, Ido Portal, Movement Matters, The Liberated Body podcast, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, river snorkeling, wild swimming, and ancestral health.
View Jessica's current CV here.
Hardcopies available for purchase from Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.