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Artist Statement


Jess Pretty

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Artist Statement


Jess Pretty

to know you
is to love you.
to love you
is to feel
the rising of many moons
over and over again.
— <3
 

As a black female dancing body I am constantly investigating different methods of world-building so as to have a self created limitless potential for possibility within a society where my body has been deemed one that is impossible. In navigating this possibility I am looking to re-claim the stakes attached to my dancing body which find their ways into my work by relentlessly going after feelings of the fantastic. Feelings of unbelievable swelling. Feelings of pleasure and multiple possibilities. I want many things therefore I feel my work is rooted in a constant friction; moving back and forth between variant ideas and placings of movement and knowing. Friction finds itself inside of rhythm and directionality - two foundational components to my making - because friction can lead to surprises. And I love surprises. A third foundational component is physicality which often finds itself serving as a reactionary tool to the rhythm and directionality. Physicality is valued in my work because of the ecstasy that it can build in the body. Ecstasy building is a deep part of my physical practice because of the myriad of states that can result from it. A swelling takes place in the body, in the mind, in the mood, in the meaning, in the relationships to other bodies and in the relationship to space. What is that feeling between moving bodies? That giving and taking of euphoria that is downright addictive to locate, tirelessly rubbing up against variant possibilities of the body as it folds into different times, spaces, and relationships to those around it. What I’m building for myself and others through my work is something of a survival strategy; something of a method to the madness.

Photography courtesy of Jessie Young and Taylor Crichton and Natalie Fiol.

 
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on want


i want.

on want


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i want more


I want relationships. I want the feeling of unconditional love and support. Too often we are put down, given the scraps, not given anything at all. Too often we work our asses off to constantly get second place. I want us to exceed group expectation, to exceed groupness. I want to fall into you and come back out. I want (to) support. I want to be a part of something bigger than me. Bigger than us. I want to miss you. I want to make you laugh. I want you to make me smile so hard it hurts. I want to spend days lapsing in and out of time with you. I want to spend hours foaming with you, rowing with you, molding with you.

 

i want more


I want relationships. I want the feeling of unconditional love and support. Too often we are put down, given the scraps, not given anything at all. Too often we work our asses off to constantly get second place. I want us to exceed group expectation, to exceed groupness. I want to fall into you and come back out. I want (to) support. I want to be a part of something bigger than me. Bigger than us. I want to miss you. I want to make you laugh. I want you to make me smile so hard it hurts. I want to spend days lapsing in and out of time with you. I want to spend hours foaming with you, rowing with you, molding with you.