Tess Jenkins (b. 1986 Albany, NY) is an artist living in Flamingo Heights, CA. She is interested in the personal experiences and generational histories that are programmed into our bodies, and how those imprints affect our emotional, social and spiritual lives. She uses drawing and painting as tools of investigation to better understand our infinitely complicated, multi-layered bodysytems, how we relate to them, and how they affect our senses of self. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the East and West Coasts.
Statement about the crying/pissing figures series:
These drawings ask for the acceptance of one’s full nature. Rather than fighting against the shadowy aspects of oneself, instead of suppressing the necessary emotional and physical functions required for survival but which we are often pressured to keep hidden or out of sight, these drawings propose relief in depictions of unfiltered unbound being. Improvised stream of consciousness transmissions from creatures of the subconscious, they are moments of recognition for the parts vulnerable and wild in all of us, the parts that make us whole but which often remain unseen.