About

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Hi There!

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.

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Artist Bio

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.

 

Artist Statement

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.

 

CV

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


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


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

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

AWARD

2018             Best in Show, Ontario Society of Artists 145th Open Juried Exhibition


COMMISSION           

2016             PATCH Project, Toronto, ON. Large-scale piece to decorate construction hoarding for luxury condominium development on Charles St., Toronto.


MEDIA

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.


RESIDENCIES

2017             Once Upon Water, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, June 20-30 2017
2016             Alchemy, Artscape Gibraltar Point, August 8-18 2016


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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