Jessica Aquila Cymerman
Jessica is a painter and theatre director. Her visual art work conveys dramatic, theatrical tones, and her directing shows an eye for composition, lighting and smart staging. No matter what the medium, Jessica’s ultimate objective is story telling. The characters in her paintings and plays both beckon the viewer to delve into the narratives they have to tell.
She was born in New York City, grew up in Los Angeles, and has traveled the world studying, exploring and creating. She earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she spent her junior year abroad, studying art at the Il Bisonte studio in Florence and theatre at Royal Holloway University of London in Surrey.
She just finished an art exhibition of her painting series "Faces of Skype" at the Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station in June, 2015, and is part of a team at Phantom Owl Productions that is currently prepping to bring four plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015.
On the Skype Series: An avid traveler, I find my most treasured form of communication with loved ones is through Skype. Though, our best form of interacting from a distance - this phenomenon that has revolutionized the way people keep in touch - is often deeply flawed. The image gets pixelated, the sounds don't sync, and I was missing actually looking into people's eyes while speaking to them as the camera is always above the image. So what interests me - and why I started this series back in 2010 - is this visceral disconnect that exists in an effort to connect. What stories are we trying to relay to each other that aren't quite making it? Those most frustrating moments are the ones we crave to break through. But as these are canvases, like a computer, a phone, a tablet, there is no other side.