Labour, process and multiples; these are the main components of my work.
I find inspiration in a variety of natural structures made of hundreds and thousands of repeating shapes and textures. What some may refer to as undesirable growths or infestations, such as beehives, deposits, nests, I believe to be full of architectural wonder. This is not only due to the repetitive organic patterning, but also the ability for these structures to adapt to any space or object. From this I developed my practice to become modular, allowing it to be produced or built onto endlessly, at any time, anywhere like the natural structures they were inspired by.
I use a variety of natural, recycled, and found materials in my artwork that allow me to treat every new series as an opportunity for material research and exploration, while being mindful of their environmental impact. When making multiples I am able to tap into the vast potential of materials, to learn and play with their unique properties. In understanding the foundations of my materials I develop forms and structures that highlight and expand these characteristics.
As an educator, my practice has become rooted in relational aesthetics - a branch of artistic practice that creates or initiates relationships between participants in experiencing artwork - as a way to bring together education and learning opportunities into the foundation of my practice.
Jes is an educator and multimedia artist that currently resides in Toronto, Canada, and has spent the last few years travelling throughout Europe and Asia, teaching and living in Germany, Italy and Thailand. They are happiest near the sea and among trees.
Young received their Masters of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours and a minor in History and Bachelor of Education with specialization in International Education at York University. They have exhibited in multiple group and solo shows in and around Toronto including a guest artist position at York University. Young continues to teach and develop accessible, mobile art-based programs.