Artist on the Edge: Jessica Ofalt

Jessica Ofalt.

Details, Month 9
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas
4’X5′
 Jessica Ofalt’s artwork connects to the soul and essence of painting and expression. Represented by a wonderfully lively color palette her work displays the images(body) of her subjects and connects to the soul they send forth. It takes a very special mind and spirit to create such work, which you can preview in the following interview. 
The works within the interview are from a series entitled “9 Months”. Jessica states, “It is a series I began during my pregnancy with my son Noah, most of which I was in my last semester of college. Months 1-5, and the piece entitled, “Just Lettin all that Go” compiled 95% of my Senior Exhibition. Months 1-5 were all created over an 11 day period. This series was a conceptual and stylistic breakthrough for me, and all of my future work stems from this series. The newest work, Months 6-9 are still in progress and all began in 2011.
Take some time to get to know Jessica Ofalt:
Jessica Ofalt.

Month 6- All you do is sleep because when you sleep you disappear and you wonder who this person is inside who is turning your world upside down.”
 Oil on Canvas
Jessica Ofalt.

Image 8633- Detail, Month 6
Oil on Canvas

Firstly, what are your mediums of creative inspiration?
I prefer to paint in oil-what you love about it you can hate at times. Plus the more layers you put on the deeper and fresher the colors become.

How do you become inspired to create?
This question is a loaded one for me-answering as simply as possible, I think in paint. That being said, I am inspired to create mostly by my son because I am around him all of the time. Watching him learn to say, ‘hi’ or ‘hippopotamus’ is like watching a miracle. As his brain makes connections, mine yearns for a way to express his growth in a visual way. As I learn how to be a mom, with all of the new challenges and joys it brings, my brain uses painting as a way to cope and express how I feel and how I learn. I get inspired by the books I read to him, the way he runs, the way he lays on my shoulder-whatever touches my heart inspires me to create.

Jessica Ofalt.

“Month 8- I’m so big, you say, along with I’m so tired and I’m so scared and you look up in the sky for a why and know that soon the answer will be here on Earth.”
 Oil on Canvas
Can you explain your creative process or show it?
My creative process is like an explosion most of the time. This stems from having to cram my painting time into the free time I have. I get so many ideas; I have to work quickly in order to get them all down. Sometimes they never make it beyond a sketch and other times they turn into 4’X5’ paintings. It’s a temperamental process.

 One word to describe your work. Soulful.

 

Jessica Ofalt. “Month 9″- There is a little boy here now, smaller than you imagined and you don’t feel strong but you will do whatever you have to to surround him with everything beautiful you can think of because you know it will be your life’s honor to be his mother and nothing really matters but that.”
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas
4’X5′
Jessica Ofalt.

Details, Month 9
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas
4’X5′
Artists who inspire you:
MARY KELLY– she paved the way for thinking of a woman as both mother and artist, and all of the women artists in the 70s that jumped on board the bandwagon.  
Jenny Saville because of her ability to make paint like flesh.  
John Singer Sargent because of the expression in the faces and hands of his subjects.  

 Manet because of his lingering linear quality of ‘Olympia.’
 

Jessica Ofalt.

Details, Month 9
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas
4’X5′

Do you often collaborate with other artists? I want to! I greatly admire artists today who work on in the face of the ‘starving artist’ status quo. I greatly admire those I graduated from ECU (East Carolina University) with who have a vision and march it on with it.

Further work can be found at: http://www.jessicafayeofalt.com/
Take some time to live on the edge, with the arts of course!
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