JESSICA POUNDSTONE

 Still one of my favorites from my earlier work,  Soft Geometry: Navy Blue

Still one of my favorites from my earlier work, Soft Geometry: Navy Blue

 

After many years of trying out many different ways of making pictures, here in my forties I have finally discovered that the way I like best is digitally, on touchscreens. For the first year I started using this medium, I made all of my work on my iPhone (in the Brushes Redux app). 
It was so liberating and exciting: suddenly I could work anywhere: on the bus, in bed first thing in the morning, on my lunch breaks, etc. I've since switched to working on an iPad (with the Procreate app), but that thrill of stealing moments — and a deep gratefulness to be able to do it — is still there with every image I make.

 
  Color Space 27 . I literally had a vision of this image that came to me right before going to sleep one night. Had to get up and make a sketch of it so I could make it later. After working for good long while to make the image match the vision, I got there. Earlier this year, this image was featured on the SFMOMA Tumblr & Instagram page. A strange and wonderful experience all around with this image, for sure!

Color Space 27. I literally had a vision of this image that came to me right before going to sleep one night. Had to get up and make a sketch of it so I could make it later. After working for good long while to make the image match the vision, I got there. Earlier this year, this image was featured on the SFMOMA Tumblr & Instagram page. A strange and wonderful experience all around with this image, for sure!

 

When ideas come to me, they typically come in the form of a series of related images. I now have a lot of them going — Soft Geometry, Kinetic Lines, Color Space, String Theory and Color Ideas to name a few. Depending on the day and the mood I’m in, I’ll make additional pieces in an existing series, or, if the vision strikes, try out something completely different, as I did recently in my City Space series, almost all of which I completed on flights while meditating on how much I love living in a city (I’m from — and still live in! — Portland, Oregon) and how much goodness cities have brought into my life.

 
  City Space 10 . The images in this series are more figurative than usual for me, but I liked the new pathways my brain had to take to make them work.

City Space 10. The images in this series are more figurative than usual for me, but I liked the new pathways my brain had to take to make them work.

 

The latest pictures I’ve been working on are an extension of my Kinetic Lines series: spare but powerful, structures that occupy their own time-space.

 
  Kinetic Lines 21 . I am often stopping myself from adding. I love minimalist images in other people’s work, but it can be scary (and hard, especially when working in digital) to stop in such a spare place in my own work! I ultimately find that I end up liking the earlier versions of pieces better than later versions that I futzed around with too much.

Kinetic Lines 21. I am often stopping myself from adding. I love minimalist images in other people’s work, but it can be scary (and hard, especially when working in digital) to stop in such a spare place in my own work! I ultimately find that I end up liking the earlier versions of pieces better than later versions that I futzed around with too much.

 

I recently realized that a common thread connecting artists I’ve loved through the years (Edward Hopper, Joseph Cornell, Anne Truitt, James Turrell, among others) is light and color and the ability to create a kind of mystical space for people to enter with their work. I hope my work can be that and do that for others — and inspire other emerging artists to start where you're at, take care of yourself as you go, follow your aesthetic, find your community, and — maybe most of all — to just go for it...and then keep on going!

 

 

Check Jessica out on Instagram and her website.