Jessica Libor

Pennsylvania, USA | Oil

Artist Statement

“My paintings are about the feminine protagonist creating her own personal mythology and meaning through her environment and story. Through using the symbols and aesthetic tropes found within fairytales, I explore the process of self discovery that the heroine faces. In this way, I address timeless concepts that apply to women today. I weave the backdrop of nature into the art like a stage set, and include animal spirits, costuming to shape identity, and the spiritual other world as a deeper layer. My primary medium is oil painting, although sometimes I branch into other mediums to realize my vision.  I love the idea of making a precious object, such was created historically with the use of precious materials.  When I use gold and silver leaf, I am conscious of this alchemical and sacred history as I create my own precious object imbued with ideas and meaning. In all the work, the triumph of the spirit of the feminine resonates.”

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Artist Statement Cont’d

Jessica Libor (b. 1987) is an American artist who received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2014.  She has also studied at the Grand Central Atelier and the Florence Academy of Art. Since graduating with her MFA, she has been working in her studio in the Philadelphia. Artist residencies have been key in her discovery of fairy tales from different cultures, and in 2022 and 2023 she participated in several residencies in Scotland and France. In 2023 her work was exhibited in two solo shows, her first international exhibition at La Serre Wangari in Paris, France and the Look Listen Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Jessica’s work is internationally collected and she has exhibited at the Independence Seaport Museum, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Masonic Library and Museum and many more. She is also the host of the Creative Heroine Podcast and curates exhibitions at Era Contemporary, a magical realist gallery.