Jessey Jansen

Empty Nest | Civil Sphere

  • Digital
  • Jessey Jansen

A mothers role comes with duty, sacrifice, humility and honor. She shapes and tends to the next generation of doer's through fleshy years of discipline, rules and often much hardship. As her child transitions to adulthood, her role is often called into question.

The Empty Nest Syndrome, popularized in the 1970's, is a phenomenon in which parents experience feelings of grief, sadness and crisis of identity when their child leaves home. This composition calls into question the lackluster idea and flips it on it's head by suggesting an ability to create a new lease on life. The upright mother is precise in movement and illuminated as the birds (children) now strongly carry the challenges of society.

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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