Jessalyn Finch is a visual artist that lives and works in Rochester, MN. She has been a Figure Drawer and Printmaker (Lithography, Intaglio, Woodcuts) for 10 years. Her focus on the human body has been integrated into her artwork since the beginning of her Bachelors of Science in Fine Arts and Eastern Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. There she completed two international research grants to study Renaissance Period in Italy, and the Primitivism Art and Philosophy movement in Costa Rica.
Since her undergraduate work, Jessalyn has become a certified yoga instructor and has written an artist book about the body in movement called "Note To Self." This has transitioned her work about the human form into a more story driven nature. Her work has grown into life-size pieces that focus on the narratives we can learn about an individual based on her/his/their form.
She received the Emerging Artist Grant in 2018 from SEMAC and her first professional show is estimated for January 2020 at the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, MN.
To study that which is human is to study that which is both mental and physical. How does presence come to be? How do we move fully into the now? How can we define what is life?
I create in order to understand humanity at its core. I carve out presence on a two dimensional surface to bring the viewer into that moment with all its movement and essence. As a yoga teacher, I strive to offer that to my students. A journey into the now instead of the cloud of preoccupation that many of us move through our day within.
Let's begin the conversation that transitions us out of judgment and into curiousity of our being.