Once an advertising art director, Jessica has amassed a collection of vintage printed ephemera which she revives in her artwork. She paints predominantly in oils but her art is rooted in collage.
Her collection of 1940’s and 1950’s wallpaper is the inspiration for her series of work “Wallflower”. The series is an exploration into feminine identity: in particular, how appearances relate to the inner self.
“ I have always painted, but I haven’t always taken the advice of Robert Downey Jr. And so I began my career doing something “practical” with my creativity, working as an advertising art director in New York.
Through those years I amassed all sorts of printed ephemera: vintage storybooks; salvaged bingo cards; 70’s Letraset; old typography catalogues; the fortunes from every chinese cookie I ever ate. So when I finally succumbed to the joy of my inner Downey Jr, I had a wealth of material at hand ”. – Jessica Watts