Artist Interview: Jessica Brilli – Painter

Jessica Brilli PaintingToday we’d like to welcome painter, Jessica Brilli to Jung Katz!

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I was born and raised in LI, New York. My parents were born and raised in Brooklyn. I’ve painted since I was twelve, got my BFA at University of Rhode Island. I moved to Boston 14 years ago and bought a cape/bungalow in Quincy with my partner Matt in 2012. When I’m not painting I’m renovating or tending to our new fuzzy/futsy cat-child, Radar and his adorable sister, Romy. The only lie I’ve told in my life is when Romy vomited on the cable box, killing it permanent-wise. I love building my art collection through bartering.

How did you get started doing what you do?
I was a creative kid, so it seemed natural that I would be involved with the arts as an adult. I started painting when I was 12.

Jessica Brilli PaintingJessica Brilli PaintingWhat’s your inspiration?
I’m inspired and intrigued by memories, nostalgia, and their representations. We are all influenced by unknown intertwined resonating personal histories. Are they interchangeable?

How do you keep motivated?
I always feel motivated to create.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I want to produce quality work that others will understand and appreciate.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Be patient and only put your best work out.

Jessica Brilli PaintingJessica Brilli PaintingWhat’s the best advice you’ve been given?
When it comes to painting, I think the best advice I’ve been given is to walk away from a piece when it’s not working. I don’t like it when painting becomes stressful, so I try to avoid that. Some people see that as failing, but I see it as a learning experience. Even if you didn’t finish, you got something out of the process.

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I’m painting vintage photographs, a study on nostalgia. I have talked to some of my buyers who have given me photographs of their families. There is a sense in which the less I directly participate in the memories, the more interesting the photos become; like borrowing memories and elaborating, editing, or directing.

If any readers have photos they’d like to share with me for my project, I would love that. Please email me at

Jessica Brilli PaintingAny other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
Jennifer Davis
Melinda Tidwell
Stephanie K. Clark
Jenny Brown
Aníbal Vallejo
Lena Wolff

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