Jessica Houston holds an MA from Columbia University. She has travelled to the Arctic on numerous occasions, including as an invited artist aboard a Cape Farewell voyage. She has created site-specific works for the New Jersey MOCA, Asbury Park, New Jersey; the Castello di Corigliano, Puglia, Italy; Governors Island, NY, NY and The Albany Airport, Albany, NY. Select exhibitions & projects include Art Mûr Gallery, (Montrèal, QC); Light on Sound (collaboration with Maya Pindyck), Lewis Latimer House Museum (Flushing, NY); Art in Odd Places (NY, NY); International Polar Year Conference (Oslo, Norway); The Painting Center (NY, NY); Printed Matter (NY, NY); Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit, MI); Arts House (Melbourne, Australia) and Chiesa di San Lorenzo (Florence, Italy). She has been awarded residencies at The Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT; NES in Skagaströnd, Iceland; at the CAMAC Centre of Art, Science and Technology in France; and with Rosenclaire in Italy. She was the recipient of a project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2017. She teaches at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she has lectured at Columbia University; Concordia University; Ontario College of Art & Design University; Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; and The Art Institute of Florence, Italy.
Jessica Houston’s multimedia works concern perception, ecology and time. With minimal means, using painting, photography and installation, she quietly challenges modern myths glorifying technology and progress. The way the viewer sees the constantly shifting work—through a tinted window, an architectural intervention, or a reflected color—questions the authority of sight. Her works are intrinsically connected to their environment; they grow out of deeper questions about sustainable engagement with the natural world. Houston uses color and light to point to the changeability of perception; color lies at the boundary of what we (think) we see; its instability evokes contingency, context and flux. In this way, color serves as an interruption of the visual grammar, inviting viewers into the gaps. Her projects speak to the fragility of our changing natural world, and our nature within it.