In her series Slideshow, American artist Jessica Brilli creates a collection of paintings inspired by slides found at yard sales and in basements in New York and Massachusetts. Jessica sees the project as a way to give new life to images that were almost lost forever.
Painting in a style that combines American realism with Appropriation Art, she brings a contemporary eye to technologies from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Before she begins a new work, she scours flea markets and antique shops, looking for everyday objects that excite her imagination. “I’ve experimented with various subjects,” she says, “but I always enjoy evoking the beauty in everyday scenes and objects.”
Jessica has been drawing and painting since childhood. She earned her BFA in painting at the University of Rhode Island, where she studied with acclaimed artists Robert Dilworth, William Klenk, and Barbara Pagh. Jessica’s paintings have been purchased by numerous private collectors, and several are displayed at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where she works as senior graphic designer. She lives in Quincy, Massachusetts.