About Jess's Work
Jess’s art reflects her personal history and passions: feminism, consumerism, Americana, site-specificity, belonging, and the history and theory of photography. She embraces improvisation and experimentation, always testing and searching for the ideal media to suit her projects. Jess is drawn to exaggerated color and light, a preference she attributes to her childhood experience of exclusively vacationing in the electrifying East Coast gambling destination of Atlantic City, NJ.
Artists she admires include: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Ed Ruscha, Lisa Yuskavage, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hans Haake, Emily Jacir, Wayne Thiebaud, Edward Weston, and Alison Bechdel.
Jess Schwartz is a San Francisco transplant and a Pennsylvania native. From 9 to 5, Jess is a Program Manager with Firebase at Google. The rest of the time, she’s making stuff (mostly art, vegetarian food, and travel plans) and wrapping up her coursework in UC Berkeley's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts. Jess graduated with an A.B. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College, an all women’s college near Philadelphia, PA, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees.