Jessica Torrant is a colorist: her medium may be paint, but her language is color. She embodies that famous quote by Paul Klee:
“Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.”
Oh, and she is the closest thing I have to an artist soul sister, both of us collectively birthed by Joan Mitchell, Arshile Gorky, Willem DeKooning, and Helen Frankenthaler. (Among others, of course.)
In her own words, Jessica says, “I look at making art as therapy— and what’s the point of therapy if you aren’t honest? I think beauty in art is honesty in art, with at least a sprinkling of hope. Even if that hope is, ‘I’m still here, even through all of this ugliness, and I’m not going anywhere even if I’m completely broken.’ ”
Her intricate color harmonies and layers of interacting organic form create an emotional complexity in each work. These are the kinds of works you have to sit with. And that color… yum.
Jessica lives in rural Northern Connecticut with her husband. She studied at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where her mutual obsession with abstraction began. Her work is collected worldwide, and she exhibits throughout the US and London. To experience more of Jessica’s beautiful work, check out her Etsy shop and her website.