Jessica Niles DeHoff (born 1978, California) is a visual artist and writer living in Beijing, China. Drawing from her earlier career in architecture and urban planning, her work dramatizes interactions between individuals and their social, cultural, and spatial environments. Jessica holds degrees from Harvard University and Yale School of Architecture, and she has taught design at universities in Japan, China, and the USA. Her current project is an illustrated book of poetry.
Jessica is here for the month of July as our Open Residency artist. She’ll be working on abstract interpretations of Chinese, Himalayan and Southeast Asian decorative motifs.
Over the past year and half, I’ve been traveling a lot around the edges of the Chinese world: the Himalayas, the Tibetan plateau, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. I’m looking forward to my residency period as a chance to digest all the images and information I’ve accumulated on these travels, identifying some elements of a shared visual language and experimenting with the decorative elements that are common to the larger region.