Jessica Langley's work examines her relationship to nature through various media and form, looking at the experience of nature and landscape as inspiration, ritual, and subject of desire. Familiar, iconic, and spiritual representations of nature, land, and animals repeatedly appear. Animals decompose, a cat aura appears out of a black abyss, and individual rocks are rendered scientifically. She simultaneously monumentalizes her subjects and contemplates the idealism of nature. Using spartan imagery Jessica's work attempts to expose the obvious – the continual search for purity in nature is an absurdly spiritual and mythical goal.
In her most recent works Jessica repeats images of camouflage patterns, yoga mats, and tents. These are sometimes isolated or placed within a disintegrating landscape, an abstracted landscape, or an imagined landscape. Each object is used to protect her from nature and also bring her closer to it. These works represent the ongoing investigation into the contemporary transcendental experience.
Jessica Langley is an artist whose work draws from idealized nature photography and Romantic landscape painting, abstracting and obscuring images through a variety of processes and approaches. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as SPACES in Cleveland, Nathan Larramendy Gallery in Ojai, Denise Bibro Gallery in New York, Parse Galery in New Orleans, Skaftfell Arts Center in Iceland, La Galería de Comercio in Mexico City, Kallio Kunsthalle Taidehalli in Helskinki, and Askeaton Contemporary Arts in Ireland. Jessica earned her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2005. She was awarded a J. William Fulbright Grant for the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Scholarship research in Iceland from 2008-2009. She is co-founder of Ortega y Gasset Projects, a cooperative art space in Queens, NY.