Invisible to the naked eye, plankton account for half of the world’s photosynthesis and atmospheric oxygen, and they help regulate our climate. They are the base of the oceanic food chain. Without plankton, other sea life wouldn't exist. Some plankton are vertebrates, and have primitive backbones like humans. Sadly, the population of phytoplankton has declined 40% since 1950 due to rising sea temperatures.
This series is inspired by a quote from Steinbeck’s the Sea of Cortez.
“Each of them in his own tempo, and with his own voice discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things—plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning of planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.”
On a molecular level, two atoms overlap to share energy and information. This bonding and communication allows for cells to form, and invisible energy fields are created. Groups of cells form tissues, then organs and eventually whole beings; plants, animals and humans. This constant exchange and synergy allows for growth and transformation and is the basis for this series of paintings.
Not only humans, but other animals, insects, and even plants could be intelligent or sentient beings. On a more basic level we all have energy in common; there is an interconnection of all existing energy. Even one of the tiniest energies or beings, such as that of a bee, greatly affects the energy of our universe as a whole.
This series is inspired by a woman who took an injured bumblebee into her home. The bee displayed human-like qualities, appearing joyful, then sleeping in her hand, showing trust and perhaps affection.
This collection of past work was expressive of compassion for beings that are struggling or suffering in life.
Jessamyn has contributed her artwork to organizations such as Transforming Youth Recovery, in events like Doors to Recovery to benefit youth who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.