Meet the artist…
My name is Jessica Burnett and I am a 2D artist who creates contemporary mythological creatures inspired by the natural world. Mirroring ancient myths, the contrast between life and death is depicted in my work. I specialised using watercolour and biro pen but due to chronic pain in my hands I have moved to working digitally with iPad.
I had studied at Central Saint Martins where I found my love for the illustrated style of animals of unnatural forms. Discovering artists such as Brian Froud and Caitlin Hackett who have also influenced my work as it’s seen today. The creatures tell a story and represent the struggles I face with mental and physical illness. By drawing these creatures, the illnesses become more visible and act as a healing tool by separating the darkness of illnesses from my core self. I currently work and volunteer for Green Shoes Arts as an artist facilitator delivering workshops for people who struggle with mental health.
My delicate and intricate style, often in contrast to my work’s subject matter, alludes to the idea of finding beauty in every being. Through my work I want to spread awareness of invisible illnesses, as well as to show the real power they have on people.
You can find more of Jess’ work at https://www.deviantart.com/jessburnett