Jessica Trusty - Center for Visual Arts

Jessica Trusty

I like the ideology behind the Slow Movement. My version is called ‘Find Your Pause.’ In simple terms, it is to acknowledge the vastness of a single pending moment. Truly pausing, admitting the lapse of time and letting that be enough. Any particular instance can be the best instance. I think it is important to recognize that we have lost bits of soul in our rush for progress. I believe there is still time to send a handwritten letter, time to reflect on a meaningful conversation and time to gift a token of gratitude. If we can pause long enough to let what is simple breath, we re-invent what has already passed. We all have the choice to surround ourselves with words and materials that advocate purpose, dreams, intention, meaning, and creativity; a combination that makes the slightest passing moment resonate. My art is created by finding my own pause and stepping aside so that the voice of something greater can share its story. The way that I unravel the stories & symbols is by asking many questions. I encourage the viewer to pause... ask questions to the artwork... then turn down the judge and listen to what story presents itself from each piece.

I was born and raised in rural North Dakota. My family valued the lessons that come with travel and embraced the idea of wandering. My father is an artist and often traveled to paint murals and took the family along. All of my works particularly reflect the childhood influence of traveling through the Southwest U.S. as well as the time spent learning about Native American culture and spirituality. My family eventually settled in Colorado where I continued my schooling. I now reside and create art in Boulder, Colorado. I exhibit in galleries and pop-up exhibitions throughout North America. All of my art embodies the principles of ‘finding your pause’ and also has the intention of keeping the tradition of story telling alive.

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