"At the root, all of my paintings come from a sacral, subconscious energy. The movement in the lines of the form and how they connect with one another stems from a deep, unfulfilled lust. Bedside manners is a fantasy. As are all of my paintings. It is a gentle dichotomy of freedom and restriction. This piece meets the eye with excitement and joy but beneath it all is a yearning for something else."Follow Jessalyn
Los-Angeles painter and jazz-singer Jessalyn Brooks paints the contours of the female form with blocky, colorful abstraction. Her paintings are informed by the romance of industry: machinery, shape, volume, and movement. Brooks paints strong, angular and mostly full-bodied women, preferring to paint the distinctive but almost subliminal contours of the female form that we sometimes neglect, like the arch of the foot and palm of the hand. Inspired by the geometric lines of Cubism, Brooks’ paintings bring forth an important question of beauty ideals, body shape and gender.