Jessica Levman lives in Toronto and Newfoundland. She is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, University of Toronto, and has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. She did part of her undergraduate and graduate studies at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (Paris) and the Royal College of Art (London). She has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally and her artwork is part of numerous private and public art collections, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Bank, the Braun Collection (Budapest) and the Glenbow Museum Archives.
My artwork explores my bodily experience through sensation, sight, hearing, touch, taste, and feeling which is my primary way of perceiving the world. I represent the body not as a fixed or contained entity but as something constantly changing and fusing, interconnected with its environment, an environment that is also constantly changing.
The mind attempts to impose structure, using linguistic and mental concepts, to give the world a permanence and reality that does not exist. My representation of the body, the patterns of nature, boats, as a well as openings, or passageways, reflect the fluid and changing nature of experience and, in particular, the movement through the unconscious and dream world.
My art represents my experience, the way dreams, images, subconscious, memories and thoughts arise and fall; the way there is nothing concrete or contained in this corporeal experience.