Artist Statement/Bio

In my current artistic practice, I use old pieces of clothing and then paste them into my paintings. I apply many layers of paint to these fabric pieces so that the fabric becomes sculptural. The clothes are no longer pieces of fashion. They are now relics, which hint at the past even if it is a recent past. Garments, lingerie, and intimate pieces of apparel float around flowers and botany. The flowers, just like the items of clothing, reference sensuality. When I collage paper, it covers the page just as cloth to the body. Bodily shapes and lyrical gestures commingle in my paintings and drawings.

Jessica Soininen-Eddis is a contemporary visual artist living and working outside New York City in Northern Westchester County. Jessica received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, RI. While there, she was selected to study abroad as part of RISD’s European Honors Program, and spent the year living, studying and making art in Rome. Jessica also received her Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her thesis exhibition at Pratt included a series of sculptural paintings that included actual garments and textiles.

Jessica has a background of working both figuratively and abstractly. She began figure drawing early on, and considers the expressiveness of the human body to inform her art today. In addition to painting and drawing, Jessica has a passion for mixed media and textiles and most recently is interested in using those materials to create two and three-dimensional works. She enjoys making wearable art, and she has modeled her creations at home and abroad. Her passion for human rights and interest in politics continues to influence her art today.