Jessica Field, for the last 12 years, works mainly with electronic instillations to create theatrical narratives that engage the viewer by showing dramatic machine behaviours. She works with robots, automata and found objects/electronics to create large instillations and video works. Jessica has exhibited in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. She has shown in Electrohype 2008, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Oboro, Optica, the Museum Tingely and at Kunsthaus Graz.
Jessica Field teaches part-time at Ryerson University and does workshops for InterAccess, Whitby Station Gallery, Durham Board of Education and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. She received her AOCAD at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario and her MFA at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Jessica programs all her robots in assembler unless it makes more sense to use high level languages such as Arduinos and Processing. She was trained at OCAD in Metal fabrication, Mouldmaking, Drawing, mechanical fabrication, electronics and programming. Jessica has spent many years researching and refining her plastic fabrication and woodworking skills to create mechanical automata. In recent years, she has focused on improving and learning how to edit and film video works. She has also spent a few years doing bookbinding and book repair.
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2008 Vida Life 11.0 – Art & Artificial Life International Competition (Honourable Mention)
2006 - 2007 Social Science Humanities Research Council Scholarship
2005 - 2007 Concordia University Graduate Fellowship
2004 Vida Life 7.0 - Art & Artificial Life International Competition (Honourable Mention)