Jessica Ann Wagner was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is a practicing witch and much of her work evolves from her relationship to the craft and collaboration with the universe. This idea is transposed with witchcraft’s relationship to feminism and the empowerment of women through a connection to the cosmos.
She is influenced by artists such as Ana Mendieta, Marina Abramovic, and Kiki Smith. Jessica uses natural materials in her work such as dirt, flowers, animal fossils, and leaves. The pigments and remains from these materials take on a new life of representation. Often the work is set on fire in specific ceremonies and the ashes are used to make new work. Her work is an ever- evolving process of life, death, rebirth, and ceremony. The underlying being that her entire life is her art practice.
Jessica received her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 and her MFA in Visual Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016.
She hopes to achieve an even closer relationship between her spiritual practice and her work by turning the process into performances in which the audience will take part.