We had the good fortune of connecting with Jess Webb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jess, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor to my success is authenticity and integrity. It’s always important to ask yourself what your intentions are and stay true to yourself without compromising your integrity to do what is easy or what external pressures may demand of you. As an artist I always come back to the question “where do I come from” and I am always reassessing what is authentic to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My conceptual art is based around ideas of memory, time, dream states, the sublime, the essence within objects, places, sounds and people. The work is interested in how we experience and perceive a variety of sensory stimulation and how we catalog this information into meaning. My paintings and drawings try to encapsulate a moment in which something of essence is showcased, something sacred of which has no language other than of the eye. My craft is within the realm of primitive arts, including ceramics, natural dyeing, pigment paint making, herbalism, wild harvesting and idea making. My art as a commodity has ranged from site specific installation, to restaurant design, to art education, to portraiture, to murals. During Quarantine I found how important it is to me to embrace the intersectionality of being in the outdoors and creating art. I am very excited to be offering natural dyeing workshops and pigment paint making this year. While I also offer workshops with Think360 Arts, I will be offering workshops to private businesses, organizations and individuals. I am also excited to reveal an art installation I created at Meow Wolf Denver as soon as they open.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So my bud is coming to visit, after we fully sleep in we go to brunch at Domo and have Ramen and Japanese Curry and digest with a long green tea session. (After going to Japan for an artist residency I have a new found obsession with revisiting Japan through Domo.) Then I‘d take them to Meow Wolf to have a little show and tell them about what I’ve been up to for the last couple of years. I would have suggested El Chapoltapec for live Jazz….RIP. Next we cozy up in The Mercury Cafe for organic local food, and a slew of fun entertainment, but mostly, this place will always be home for teenage me. Marilyn, you’re made of magic. We would come home and have a campfire into the wee hours of the night making new tunes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Paul DeHaven. This man is the foundation I grow from. Yes, I am bias because he is my husband, but he is by far one of the most creative people I know. He is a guitarist first, but plays everything and has recorded and produced his own records. He has more songs than anyone will ever hear. I mean come on, the man writes songs in his sleep. I have so much gratitude for his endless patients, and oh my gad, his food. Thanks! Also I wouldn’t be who I am without my amazing daughter Mairah, who I have the honor of knowing and watching her become the funniest and wisest teenager, and did I mention cute as all get out. She makes me a better person and is by far my greatest artwork.
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