Jessica Teckemeyer: Sensorium
"The physical spaces we encounter are invested with symbolism and metaphor and are thus much enriched for this interplay between fantasy and reality – a process of enrichment of place that also enriches self, and offers to all who encounter a rich place to live ‘creatively’. ~Sarah Menin
Sensorium refers to the sum of an organism’s perception, the part of the brain regarded as the “seat of sensation” where it experiences and interprets the environments within which it lives. We live in an era saturated with fluorescent lighting and concrete floors, television and video games, mass-production and regenerative medicine. Our culture has placed a significant emphasis on speed, layering of information and the complexity in the everyday. These cultural trends cause me to question the contemporary landscape and structure. In response, I create unexpected environments that slow the viewer to give them opportunity for introspection, as well as meditation. What if we had more places to immerse our bodies in pleasure and minds in contemplation? If you could dissolve into an earthly paradise, what type of experience would you create?
The imagery and materials explore themes of sensuality, attraction, repulsion and fragility. In this series, the sculptures where perceived and created towards the presence of the viewer. My work explores the ways humans connect to the physical world. Our physical experience includes what we hear, taste, smell, see and touch, as well as, the emotional and psychological responses. The desire with each piece is to temporarily envelope the participant in an environment separate from the external world. These pieces are intended to entice the viewer to listen, touch or further inspect a hidden visual element to fully experience the art. The sculptures stimulate multiple senses through different levels of accessibility to the interiors. This rare gallery experience encourages a slow perusal to explore the work on several levels. The viewer is asked to contemplate his/her meaning of ‘the sensual’.
Every person experiences sensations through his/her body. The senses include the haptic sensory system, which includes not only touch but also subcutaneous perception of surface, texture, contour, pressure, temperature, humidity, pain, and visceral sensation. The series allows the viewers to experience haptic perception, both directly and indirectly.
Within the glossy shells of Chocolate and Pink Feathers are lush materialscapes; while Listen I-III please the ear with different rhythmic soundscapes. The physical stance of the participant is controlled by the sculptures' scale and installation. In some cases, the object becomes an extension of the individual's body allowing others in the gallery to view the work in its most complete physical state. Portal I & II host videos featuring translucent, gelatinous jellyfish and an elastic, shape-shifting octopus. Both creatures have alien-like qualities that are activated through sensual movement. As a whole, the work is the catalyst for questioning perception of objects, places and encounters.
3D Artist, Photographer, Sculptor, Video Artist
All Things Truly Wicked Start From Innocence
Fawn or Foe
Untitled I - IV
Planes of Existence
Reliance (sinners and saints)
Untitled (Found Photograph)