Jessi Hardesty is an anxious mark maker who fixates on manifestations of longing, identity, and communication. By exploring the constant tension between reality and fantasy, her work questions contemporary curation of persona and the push/pull between our pagan roots and technologically advanced but disconnected future. Much of her imagery is based in folklore, spiritualism, the nude form, and science fiction- via the ritual labor of woodcut, she seeks to channel and express her need to liaise with the forgotten, the secret, and the ephemeral.
Jessi Hardesty is currently the head of the Visual Arts department and curator at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD. She lives and maintains a studio in Baltimore, MD.