The Rhythm of Instinct
The rhythm of instinct is a melodious constant. A force we can count on, expected, part of the natural world. Humans, once a part of this rhythm, are creating a dissonance, one that reverberates though the quiet instinct around us. The song we sing is loud.
The Rhythm of Instinct narrates the dissonance between human actions and the natural world. Offering visual curios, the work speaks to the heavy relationship forced upon our instinctual neighbors.
We are loud, we are inventors, we are path-makers, and we are hard-wearing. If we do not change our actions, we will also be alone.
Chanel #5 bottle, water from the Yellowstone River after the 2015 oil spill
American buffalo hair, makeup compact
Coyote skull, 2015 Pantone color of the year: Marsala 18-1438
Jessica Christy is a native North Dakotan, born to two artists on the Sanger Art Farm, located at the northern edge of the Sheyenne River Valley. She received her MFA from the University of North Dakota in 2011 and has since created works that challenge the status quo of human activity and the resulting impacts. Heavily influenced by her upbringing in the Dakota culture, Christy weaves the Native experience into her perspective as an American woman. Her work has shown both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently working on a new series, Hands of Protectors, which collects the stories of the #noDAPL water protectors to shine a light on the beauty of this historic gathering. Christy lives and works in the Chicago area.