Piece description from the artist
With the “Immortal” paintings, I am attempting to evoke a sense of deterioration along with an idealized beauty. Greek god sculptures have been projected and obscured across the subjects, and the image is further abstracted through a rough application of paint and enhanced color. With this series, I believe I have taken my concept a step further by bringing the quality of the medium into the “information” for the viewer, who is ultimately made aware of the mortal behind the god.
Jess Cross Davis was born in Freedom, Pennsylvania in 1981. She began exhibiting her work as a teenager with shows at The Baltimore Museum of Art and at The Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, Maryland.
In her work Jess combines traditional portraiture with abstract layers of projected light. Jess first started painting her Goddesses series after the birth of her son, examining the delicate dichotomy between strength and vulnerability. Her work has been described as a “modernistic take on portraiture with visionary play between shapes and light”.
Jess currently lives and teaches in Salisbury, Maryland, where she balances the roles of artist, teacher, wife and mother.