Meet Jessica Serran, mixed media artist and entrepreneur. While her current work almost always involves painting, she’s also worked with performance, installation, and social practice arts, to name a few. Over the course of her arts career, in which she holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and an MA from John F Kennedy University in Berkeley, Jessica’s evolving, multi-layered practice has continued to draw inspiration from her interest in social engagement.
“I’ve always been interested in gathering information from other groups of people and incorporating that into the final form, which is often paintings but hasn’t always been. Those paintings then become a place where all of that content can actually have a visual conversation. In that way, the works are a sort of psycho cartography.”
Whether through field guide projects or simple conversations, Jessica’s love for dialogue continues to push her to source inspiration from the world around her.
“I really love giving people a chance to speak what feels like their truth.”
A House Like You, from the series Objects of My Affection by Jessica Serran
Her commitment to uncovering inner truth not only informs her visual work, but also her entrepreneurial practice. The Becoming Artist Movement, founded by Jessica in 2015, works to help self-taught and professional artists alike make what she calls their most authentic work. With a multitude of resources including a content-rich blog, step-by-step guides, e-courses and one-on-one consultations, the movement combines Jessica’s passion for community with her innovative understanding of what it means to be an artist.
“Making art from the most authentic version of ourselves involves elements of spirituality and personal development, which is hard to find in a lot of programs. Our members work on developing their most authentic work, creating exhibitions and opportunities for themselves, and finding a sustainable way to promote their work. By looking at all of those pieces together, the movement encourages artists to create a creative calling versus simply an art career.”
“I always tell the artist, your career can be as creative as your art.”
The Martyr in Me, from the series Objects of My Affection by Jessica Serran