Unfortunately due to Instagram's updates our live interview was deleted and could not be recovered. Below I will give the highlights of our conversation and hopefully in the future I can have Jess back on.
Jess is a visual artist and experimental animator currently based in Boston, MA. They explore themes of queer identity and relationship, seeking to both de-stigmatize and celebrate queer bodies and sex. Jess's practice includes tying together traditional media, written word, and video art.
Atypical Art: Episode 5
During the interview, we discuss the impact that family has on art. Both Jess and I have multiple siblings and often times use them as models/ actors in projects.
Growing up Jess always kept a sketchbook, and would occasionally get in trouble for drawing on an assignment during a boring class.
Heading into their fourth year of college at Mass Art, Jess works with a multitude of mediums, ranging from sketches to short videos.
My personal favorite video being
Jackie the Chicken, I laughed and cried.
Go watch it.
Check out Jess' video creations on Vimeo
Below is a set up of Jess' at-home studio!
Their best advice for younger artists is to just go for it and experiment with different artforms. Don't be worried about failure or success, just do what makes you happy. Jess has been developing their style for years and sees themself in almost every sketch. So many of their pieces are inspired by their written word or feelings at that moment.
You can find Jess' work on Instagram @artjesst
Jess has their commissions open, so you could have your very own Jess Malenfant original!
I absolutely love mine, Jess' attention to detail is breathtaking. All I told Jess was that I would like an image of myself, and when I opened it... I cried.
They included the perfect colors to go with my planned gallery wall, the background mimick my painting style, the necklace from my boyfriend that I never take off, my current nose ring, and they made my eyebrows absolutely perfect. Overall, overjoyed with my Art Jess original. Get yours today.
You can message Jess on Instagram or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .