JESSICA BROWNE-WHITE (ARTIST)
I, Jessica Browne-White, am a Waking Dreamer and Energy Artist with 20+ years of experience in the visual and performing arts. I make the invisible, visible - particularly the hidden stories of the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of women. I delight in exploring complexity, layered realities, and shifts in perception. Mystery, magic, and transformation also underpin my work. I believe we are all dreaming the world into existence - creating and re-creating our existence - everyday.
Over the years I have trained in numerous forms of dance, theater, and visual art techniques, all of which, though seemingly disparate, are rooted in the recognition, modulation, and transformation of human energy, and our individual and collective capacity to direct that energy as we choose. We can use the practical, concrete practices taught in the arts (such as body awareness; how to manipulate color, light and space to create specific emotional states; and how to break down a story to explore intent, desire, and meaning) and apply these practices to the creation of our own lives.
The Body/Image/Object (BIO) Programs grew out of my desire to give women a space to tell all their stories, feel all their feelings, and integrate all of it into their beings so they can love exactly who they are now - every single glorious part. I created it because I was tired of being at war with my body. I was tired of always feeling like too much or not enough. I was tired of being shut down, cut off, and feeling unworthy. I wanted to be at home in my body. I wanted to love the person I saw in the mirror every day in every way. I wanted to have that inner certainty and grace and knowledge I’d seen in a few women - not many - but a few, who walked through the world sure of their place in it - goddesses worthy of all the good that came, inevitably, to them. I realized that everything I had trained for my entire life, had given me the exact tools I needed to do this for myself and others. Now, I help women to accept and embody all of who and what they already are, along with helping them to explore what is possible when they view their bodies and emotions as friends instead of enemies. I then create unique pieces of sacred body 2 Artworks Trenton Call for Exhibition Proposals June 30, 2018 art on and of them - formed from their bodies, their stories, their transformational energy. This is my gift and my lesson - for we teach the lessons we most need to learn, and offer to others what we most need for ourselves.
For those who like to know about schools and credentials, I have a BA in Theater Performance from James Madison University, was an Acting Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY) and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (Brisbane, Australia). I have also trained with the SITI Company, the British American Drama Academy, Tina Mitchell (Suzuki, Viewpoints and Laban Instructor), Deborah Black (Viewpoints). I am a former member of AEA and SAG and have performed in numerous productions in the United States and abroad.
I have trained in various forms of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, Butoh, and West African dance at schools including James Madison University (VA), Joy of Motion Dance Center (DC), Zen Zen Zo Physical Theater (Australia), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), and Peridance (NYC).
I've been creating visual art of one kind or another since I was a child and have a mix of formal study and extensive personal exploration and experimentation. My visual arts and crafts background ranges from drawing and painting to mixed-media sculpture, collage, mask-making, beading, and mosaic. I have studied at institutions such as the Alexandria Art League and the Art Student's Leagues of New York. My work has been displayed in venues including MANA Contemporary (NJ), the Art Student's League of New York, and the streets of NYC (Herald Square, Lincoln Center, Central Park & DUMBO as a Sing for Hope Piano Artist).