Jessica Gaddis chases after moments when the natural and the synthetic meet. In an increasingly digital age she steadfastly works in physical materials. Weighty, fragile materials such as clay, glass and plaster become sensual fluid forms and are introduced to the withdrawn objects of daily life. She creates opportunity for reclamation.
Her project for O+ Kingston is an extension of her interest in the index. Indexes are typically ephemeral phenomena in the physical world: shadows, smoke, and footprints. The shadows of historical buildings are indexes of Kingston’s foundation as a pivotal part of the history of New York. Outlining shadows in colorful chalk is a playful nod to Kingston’s history while looking toward its ever-expanding support for the arts. Jessica is an artist working and living in Kingston, NY. She holds a BFA and MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz.