My name is Jessica, and I’m a Toronto-based photographic artist. I love traveling, time spent in nature, and curling up with a good book. Somewhere along the line, these passions combined with my love of colour and texture, and my many years of professional photography experience.. now I gather up my adventures and express them as ART.
One of my biggest joys is participating in art shows - big or small, indoors or out - they all have their ups and downs, but the reward is always the people I get to meet and the conversations we have. We talk a lot about traveling and places we've been or want to go, we talk about taking chances and falling in love, we talk about fate, fairy tales, and alternate realities. People tell me what a certain piece means to them, or where it would look perfect in their home. I sometimes joke that it's like free therapy, but the truth is that it's interactions like this that feed my soul and inspire me to further adventures in life and art :)
To learn more about my process and the stories behind some of my recent pieces, hop over to my blog.
Here’s a fun short interview about my artwork on Daytime Ottawa with Dylan Black!
If we've already met and chatted at an art show, Thank You. If not, I hope we will at some time soon in the future.
Jessica Lin is a Toronto-based photographic artist with a love of travel and adventure. A professional photographer since 2000, it was while traveling in France in 2008 that she discovered her creative passion for photographing new places. Trips to Ireland, England, Scotland, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Japan, Cuba, and the Azores islands have built up her library of images capturing these other worlds. Jessica extracts elements from her various photographs and recomposes them to create images with surreal layers, and turn places into fantasies. She created her first collection in 2012 using images from her trip to France, which she exhibited at the Queen West Art Crawl in Toronto that year.
Since that time, Jessica has participated in many art fairs across Ontario, and her work is now represented by five Canadian galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario's Rental & Sales Gallery.
She has participated in two Artists’ Residencies – Alchemy at Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands, and Once Upon Water on Pico Island in the Azores (Portugal) – both of which have had a lasting influence on her art practice.
In 2018, Jessica was awarded Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artists' 145th Annual Open Juried Exhibition.
My current body of work is abstract landscape photography. I extract elements from photographs that I’ve taken while traveling, camping, or even just cooking dinner, and recompose them to result in a finished image that is recognizably a landscape, but also includes layers of texture and colour in ways not found in reality.
Throughout these pieces, the cycles of nature and the interconnectedness of everything (and everyone) are strong themes. I aim to create images that look like memories of how it feels to be in a certain place or time of your life, rather than how it looks to be in a specific place. By bringing out the magical in everyday objects and surroundings, I hope to enhance the viewer’s appreciation of the world around them.
2019 The Serenity Experience. Solo exhibition, Artists’ Network Gallery, Toronto, ON
2018 Solo exhibition, Black Canary Espresso Bar, Toronto, ON
2018 Art Walk in the Square, Toronto, ON
2018 Oakville Art in the Park, Oakville, ON
2018 Guelph Art on the Street, Guelph, ON
2018 Ottawa New Art Festival, Ottawa, ON
2018 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
2018 Ontario Society of Artists 145th Open Juried Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2018 Isolation. Group exhibition as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Artists’ Network Gallery
2018 Solo exhibition, Albion Hotel, Guelph, ON
2018 Essential Reflections. Group exhibition with Joanna Bell and Bryant Serre, Noodle Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon, ON
2017 ARTival Holiday Art Salon. Akasha Arts, Toronto, ON
2017 Once Upon Water. Group exhibition, Pico Island, The Azores, Portugal
2017 Dog Days of Summer. Group exhibition, Akasha Art Projects, Toronto, ON
2017 Canada 150. Group exhibition, Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 Resident Artist Show. Group exhibition, Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 My Canada. Artists’ Network group exhibition, Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON
2016 Oakville Art in the Park, Oakville, ON
2016 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2016 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
2015 Autumn Blossoms. Group exhibition, Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 Oakville Art in the Park, Oakville, ON
2015 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
2015 Rosedale Art Fair, Toronto, ON
2015 Contact Festival. Group exhibition, Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 The Artist Project, Toronto, ON
2014 BowsArt. Artists’ Network group exhibition, Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON
2014 Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
2014 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2014 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
2014 Pride in Canada. Group exhibition, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON
2014 Monthly group exhibitions (February-May). Art Yard Gallery, Toronto, ON
2014 The Artist Project, Toronto, ON
2013 Cabbagetown Art & Craft Festival, Toronto ON
2013 Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
2012 Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario, sales & rental gallery, Toronto, ON
Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto, ON
6 Oceans Gallery, Toronto, ON
Cornerstone Gallery, Kingston, ON
Noodle Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon, ON
Permanent installation of Jellyfish works, Galeria Costa, Pico Island, The Azores
2018 Best in Show, Ontario Society of Artists 145th Open Juried Exhibition
2016 PATCH Project, Toronto, ON. Large-scale piece to decorate construction hoarding for luxury condominium development on Charles St., Toronto.
2017 Rogers Daytime Ottawa. Interview about my artwork, Ottawa, ON
2016 American Gothic (TV show). Two of my pieces were used in the set decoration for the filming of this television program.
2017 Once Upon Water, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, June 20-30 2017
2016 Alchemy, Artscape Gibraltar Point, August 8-18 2016
2016-2019 CARFAC member
2018-2019 Chair of the Education Committee, Artists’ Network, Toronto, ON
2016-2019 Board member, Artists’ Network, Toronto, ON
2014-2019 Member, Artists’ Network, Toronto, ON