30sec film artists Vol.79 – Jess Riva Cooper

Chaos to Ordered Spaces

Jess Riva Cooper:
In my art practice, I integrate colour, drawing and clay to create installation-based artwork. I study the foundation myths of the Dybbuk in Yiddish folklore and reinterpret these traditional stories through a female lens. I also investigate fallen economic and environmental climates in cities where houses have become feral, disappearing behind ivy, trees and Kudzu vines that were planted generations ago. I see a direct parallel between my interest in insidious plant life and a malevolent Dybbuk spirit, which takes over the human body. In both situations a loss of control is suffered as the parasitic entity subsumes the host.

Behind the Scenes – Filmmaker’s Experience

As Jess mentioned while I was filming her, she uses her ceramic figures as an avatar so they have been pretty much being her likeness. The mysterious chaos had also expressed from her art. During the interview, I asked her to show me the sketches behind her ceramic work to explore the secret behind her artwork.
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