Jessica Andersen currently lives in San Diego, CA. She completed her M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University in 2014. Jessica was raised in a small farming community in Iowa. She received a B.F.A. in Jewelry & Metal Arts from the University of Iowa in 2009.
Her interests address “Thing Theory”, a study of the world of material things, their functions, semiotics, and their symbolic and commercial value in regards to their current cultural understanding. The artist is concerned with the affect of objects, and defined notions of waste in relation to ideas of collection. In her work, she attempts to showcase the form and appeal of everyday detritus in the construction and presentation of jewelry. She hopes to generate new interactions between the wearer and object; and between viewer and cultural predispositions.
Her work has been featured nationally and internationally in the Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and at American Craft Today at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, North Carolina.