Jessica Hunt was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she presently resides. She is currently a third year MFA candidate in sculpture at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has shown in several regional midwestern galleries including the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the Mildred M. Cox Gallery. Most recently she received first place for her public sculpture, "Bound," from artist and juror David Deming.
The lens through which I make my art that has been ruled between a rigid dichotomy of my mother and father—the emotional and the impassive, the intimate and the reserved. Intimacy is the common denominator of my work, whether the objects were arranged as such, inherently built in, or coldly withdrawn—it is always there.
I share my emotional thoughts and feelings without much hesitation and I absorb other’s just the same. I am highly aware and sensitive to the interactions and connections I make with friends, family, strangers, and people in general. My sculptural practice begins by contemplating this collection of subjective experiences and feelings, as well as a dissection of my own. In my art I often work intuitively, transforming personal experiences into ambiguous objects and making them public, so they can be reexamined and relatable.
Most of my work deals with interpersonal relationships—more specifically, familial ones—which means I have a tendency to work in multiples. In their sculptural form, the seemingly soft and plush forms almost always relate to the body in some way. They often wear various “skins” that act as metaphors for growth and experience. At times, the object is the skin itself—shed and preserved from another form.
The objects range from representational figures to abstract bulbous forms to soft internal sculptures that feel familiar, yet are at the same time unrecognizable. I create forms that simultaneously feel sexual and asexual, humorous and sobering, comforting and grotesque. They are arranged, and perhaps later rearranged, to give a different and ever-shifting understanding of their dynamic dependent on the viewer’s subjectivity. When I make I find I project myself, or others I know, onto the work. My goal is for the viewer to do the same.