Jessica Alice McVicker (JAM)
In 1982 I was born in the lush mountain trees of British Columbia. I often dream about living amongst those big trees. The mountains are something I intrinsically miss, but because of them, I can more thoroughly appreciate or understand the vast sky, desolate and subtle landscape of the Northwest Territories.
I did not have a happy childhood and I have spent most of my adulthood working through the unhappiness of growing up with the absence of love and kindness. Artwork guides and fosters my process of healing and I need to do it for my own well-being. I don’t feel proud of my artwork. Making artwork for me is akin to finding peace and bringing peace to others.
My work celebrates a grand escape from a past that continues to haunt. With art I am learning to forgive, love and play. I am searching for the important places inside myself, to rewrite what I cannot rewrite, to give my inner child sanctuary and a treasured existence.
In my landscape paintings, I am searching for beauty in the everyday. In my surrealism, I am puzzling over the past to find a better future. Darkness, as all northerners know, can be deep, black and last for too long, but like all things, it is transitory and soon summer will return with its midnight sun.
Within my paintings I am constantly telling a story – a story about healing, forgiveness and all the places in-between.
When & Where
2019, July 12-14 - TOAF (Toronto Outdoor Art Fair) A 3 day juried art fair in Toronto, Ontario.
2019, June 15th - Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s 40th birthday event
2019, June 7 - 14th - Featured Artist at Northern Images in Yellowknife.
2018, September - ARCC Social Fabric group art show
2018, July - Great Northern Arts Festival
2018, July - Exposition in Verona, Italy
2018 - Juried Show entitled "Go Figure" at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery in Vancouver
2018, March - Part of Fusion Art's 6th Quarterly Group Art Exhibition
2017 - Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists
2017 - Art Show at NACC (Northern Arts and Cultural Centre) in Yellowknife
2017 - "Now You See Me" Art show at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) in Yellowknife
2016 - Art Show at the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre in Fort Smith
2016 - Yellowknife Hertitage Committee Art Show in Yellowknife
2016 - 2017 Opened and ran own gallery and studio entitled JAMmed studio in Yellowknife
2015 - Winner of the Northwestel Directory Cover Art Competition for the Northwest Territories
2015 - Art Show at NACC (Northern Arts and Cultural Centre) in Yellowknife
2015 - Artist at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik
2015 - Solo Art Show at ARCC (Artist Run Community Centre) in Yellowknife
2015 - Solo Art Show at the Snow King Castle in Yellowknife
2010 - Bachelors in the Arts from ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design) in Calgary AB
2003 - Apprentice Stone Sculptor with John McKinnon in Nelson BC
2001 - 1st year at Kootenay School of Arts (KSA) in Nelson BC