At age 16, Jessica Ling Findley left her birthplace of Omaha, Nebraska for her mother’s native Hong Kong. Being bi-racial she often felt a little lost, as if she was on the outside looking in on her family’s cultures. Ironically, when she travels, her mixed appearance leads both locals and tourists to believe she is a local too, asking her for directions.
Jessica’s work participates in the absurd and charming international era of sharing our self absorption. The selfie stick fad seemingly happened over night, fueled by a rapidly expanding media-savvy, camera-phone culture. Jessica is interested in the perceptions, fascinations, and fantasies we have about “the other”. What are the stories we tell ourselves, or are led to believe about a nation or a people before we actually encounter them? How do we fit in the picture?
Jessica is the creator of the world's only inflatable bike ride, the Aeolian Ride. In residency at Tokyo Wondersite, she animated Paper Ghosts, documenting private emotional ghosts left in public places. Exhibitions include New Museum, NY, Issue Project Room, NY, Dublin Museum of Science, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Aeolian Ride, has led the Deitch Art Parade in NY. Grants include the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Black Rock Arts Foundation.