Jessica JH Roller, 2009
Each piece of my artwork expresses an observed or imagined moment when a life is both common and extraordinary. I choose to represent the
flora and fauna quietly tucked into an urban landscape to highlight sublime beauty that is often ignored. Although my art is intended to capture the
essence of animals and plant life represented in a literal sense, it is also meant to encapsulate the abstracted human personality that I have chosen
to personify. Nevertheless, while the animal subjects in my paintings possess abstracted characteristics, I do intend for each work to represent a
unique subject in a particular space in time. Consequently, my art embraces ideas about identity as it relates to commonalties, individuality, and
Through the use of line, color, and form I present each work with a chic appeal that is both attractive and challenging to contemporary popular
culture. I produce forms and color harmonies that are inspired by current design trends, yet my use of these elements pushes boundaries of what
might be considered acceptable for fine art. However, my method of utilizing fashionable elements does enable me to give my subjects intrigue
and personality within a new, more relatable context. I intentionally maintain a primitive appearance through the figurative, symbolic, and flat nature
of each work, which preserves the honest foundation of my art.
Each work is approached as an opportunity to tell a brief visual narrative using color and abstracted forms within the physical limitations of the
canvas and I intend the viewer to make her own interpretation from what I have shared. While I have created my art with personal intentions, my
goal is not to necessarily communicate a predetermined meaning to others. Rather, I wish to produce work that excites the imagination and
encourages authentic feeling and virtue.