Jessey Jansen

American Dream | Civil Sphere

  • Digital
  • Jessey Jansen

This work depicts the idea that today's dream is discovered by hard-wiring (networking) as well as bootstrapping. Hard-work along with a strategy that includes learning to negotiate new environments is essential to radically change one's lot in life.

The composition characterizes two ladders suggesting upward social mobility. The first bends with transparent curves representing the ideals of the nation in understanding there is always more to be done; the other is rigid and opaque, suggesting historical lessons rather than modern strategy. The intertwining rungs of the ladder pay homage to our countries history that has been built on principles that transcend their time. The child is the symbol of hope and individual identity.

My original light art aspires to capture the emotional realities experienced when traveling, from the anxiety of arrival to the calm of familiarity, I find the camera is my best tool in grasping the fleeting experience but lasting emotion of exploring new territory and having my worldview challenged. My process includes capturing sources of light at a very slow shutter speed to create the background image for the composition. I next layer vector graphics to create rich storytelling of the nuances of our civil societies. 

  • Subject Matter: Civil Sphere
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