In equal step with Jessie Brown

Jessica Brown was commissioned to do the show in late August, became a recluse, and finished recently. She shares with TNL what she thinks of all her pieces, why she never names them, and how they represent ‘Pari Passu.’

“Are we just a body?” This question has been at the core of the human dialogue since the beginning and the pieces in this exhibit are part of an exploration into the deep issue of identity and spirituality. This show focuses on the moment of realization that we are not only a body, but have an essence that is pari passu (in equal step)

The shows name is ‘Pari Passu’, which means with equal pace of progress, or side by side

We die to each other daily

“The naming process was slightly random for me. I went through all these names that ring a bell for me with the show and put them on the ones that they best represented. So, its not like I have this piece in mind, oh, its going to be called “We die to each other daily.” I usually don’t title my work, but I felt that this show was odd enough to where it needed some kind of name to go along with it. Anyways, the reason I picked this name is the whole show is about the spiritual and physical melding together; this [name] to me was about the two being together.
“This was made with random pieces of junk from my backyard, and screen prints of a photo shoot I took where I wrapped my friends’ faces with thread and painted them.”

Come on, see it already

“This is a digital print on Plexiglas. The idea behind the image is a picture of me obviously, and this circle is a medicine wheel. I can’t talk that eloquently about it. I would hate to mess up because I’m sure it’s a lot deeper than what I realize, but to me the medicine wheel represents directions, the future, the hopeful, the past, and so on. So this is just like looking into the future and trying to see the goal or good that you are aiming for.”

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Put on your essence before you leave the house

“This one is a picture of a contortionist that I interpreted. I became really interested in contortionists because of the bending of their bodies into extremely uncomfortable positions while they are so peaceful looking. I thought it was a better way to show the uncomfterableness of positions you can be put into, but at the same time how your mind can be at peace.”

What we are, fundamentally speaking

“I thought that was a good title for the piece because it is made of such elemental things like metal and wood, and basically, that’s it. These are the same mangled metal pieces from ‘Cut off your arms.’ This is more of a geometrical execution in a sense, like I’m using shape I’ve never really used before. It’s more of an exploration of material than it is anything else. It’s really hard to drill through those pieces of steel.”