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Jessica Andersen 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, where she received a B.F.A. in Jewelry & Metal Arts from the University of Iowa in 2009.
Through rolling hills, down lonely gravel roads, through abandoned towns, old windmills rise like giants in the skyline. Cemeteries stand alone in empty fields. The presence of people past, frames the landscape like withered fence posts. It is home.
Time decays our bodies and memory. Our belongings have the ability to connect us to the past. In my current work, I create jewelry that illustrates my familial landscape.
In the intimate and personal format of jewelry, I ask the viewer to reflect upon the idea of heirloom and the life of an object. Through these pieces I present the fragility of our lives and memory in the objects we keep.