Jessica Witte is a nationally-exhibited, award-winning artist. In 2017, her Seed the Change public art project garnered national recognition from Americans for the Arts. Her multi-media work has been included in over 50 exhibitions at venues such as the San Diego Art Institute, the Textile Center (Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL), Koehline Museum of Art (Des Plaines, IL), Maas Gallery (Purchase, NY), Good Citizen Gallery (St. Louis, MO), Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), WomanMade Gallery and Beverly Art Center (both Chicago, IL).
My projects explore entropy and engagement, labor and maintenance, and embrace change.
I create growing, shifting drawings with the public often captured by time-lapse. Seed is often used as a metaphor for growth and potential. It also is readily available, feeds wildlife and is low impact on a site. Floral patterns grow. UV-burned newsprint fades with each viewing. Initially depending on the public to move, shift and/or destroy fragile large-scale works, my birdseed doilies project has become an investigation in collaboration and how to harness the unknown.