Jessica Leitmanis is a sculpture artist with a strong connection to the ocean. Growing up on the Surf Coast of Victoria, she became acutely aware of the impacts of marine debris from a young age. Studies provided her with a platform to cultivate her social inquiry, conceptual development and critical thinking, Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) from RMIT in 2004. Working within the surf industry for close to 10 years, she gained insights into the driving forces behind the manufacturing / production industry. After finding her daily life was at odds with her personal values, Jessica refocused her time to allow for a more consistent creative practice.
Through her artwork Jessica explores ideas that encompass the environment, design, consumer culture, industry, sustainability, sociology and philosophy.
During the past 3 years, Jessica has travelled around the rugged South West of Tasmania by boat, with South West Marine Debris Cleanup (twice), and to salty crocodile country in Cape York, with Clean Coast Collective and Tangaroa Blue. On these trips the team members hand collected, collated, counted and recorded data before returning home with the salvaged debris.
In both 2016 and 2015, Jessica held a solo exhibition in Melbourne as part of Sustainable Living Festival, titled ‘Tomorrow’s Nest’ and ‘Future Sands’ respectively. Jess has exhibited work in group shows across Australia and New Zealand over the past 7 years.
Jessica is currently based between Byron Bay and Torquay, she works from her studio in the Northern Rivers, NSW.