Jessica R. HendersonArtist / Designer / Educator

Born in the 80’s, Henderson has lived two distinct lives. Her childhood and high school years were, for the most part, pre-internet. The iPhone was introduced in 2007 as she graduated college; heavily tethering the second half of her life to a smartphone and social media. Henderson has a lot of questions about the ways these tools and devices have formed/are forming her as she finds herself continuously navigating the tensions that they seem to create. The smartphone certainly provides many benefits, but it also entices one to consume, placate discomfort with distraction, and resist the limitations of time and space. These activities often feel in direct competition with the deeper and more complicated longings of her soul— to contribute to the world through thoughtful creation, attentiveness, and lean into the limitations of embodiment. With the ever-increasing pace of technological advancement, it is essential that  we critically evaluate how personhood is continually shaped and re-shaped by the adoption of each new tool and device.

Henderson works through these questions and tensions in her artmaking practice. Viewing her computer and phone as a digital archeological dig-site of sorts, these repositories are culled for photos, screenshots, texts and other source imagery that become autobiographical evidence and documentation of everyday life. Through abstracting, combining, documenting, distorting, re-processing, duplicating, and recombining these elements a visual language emerges that mirrors the endlessly regenerating behavior of technology itself. The work is primarily two-dimensional; utilizing digital and handmade processes like vinyl cutting, CNC routing, digital printing and screen printing in ways that are densely layered. Sparkly, metallic, reflective, slick surfaces are punctuated with dimensional interruptions, distortions and handmade marks that embody analog/digital tensions. 
Deeply Placed Exhibition
Winter 2024
Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama

Additional Programming:

  • Friday, Jan. 26 at 9:15 a.m. - Seminar in the Art Gallery with guest theologian, Dr. Jennifer Allen Craft - Exploring the Tensions of Place Through Theology and the Arts
  • Thursday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. - Seminar in the Art Gallery with guest sociologist, Dr. Felicia Wu Song - Restless Devices: Recovering Personhood, Presence, and Place in the Digital Age
What does it mean to be present when the life we live moves untethered between a physical and digital universe? New works by artists, Karen Brummund (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Jessica Henderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Elisabeth Pellathy (Birmingham, Ala.), observe and draw these two parts of our life, tracing the footprints we leave. Using digital tools like video, laser cutters, and 3D scanners and printers, these artists extend the art of mark making and move past the surface in more ways than one.  

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New Work
Summer 2023
Digital prints, acrylic, cut vinyl
25 x 19

Between a Path and a Road
Time is Money
That We Hardly Notice
Look Am I Solo Exhibition
Fall 2023
  • Northwestern College
  • Orange City, Iowa

Laham, Richard A. The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the age of information. University of Chicago Press, 2007

1 2 Song. Felicia Wu. Restless Decices: Recovering Personhood, Presence, and Place in the Digital Age. IVP Academic, an Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2021.
3 Comer, John Mark. The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Waterbrook, 2019.

Bethel University Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition
Fall 2023
  • Bethel University
  • St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Exhibition documentation by Michelle Wingard
All the Kids and All Their Phones
Summer 2023
CNC routed MDF, paint markers, pencil, acrylic sticks, neighborhood kids ages 3+

9 Laham, Richard A. The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the age of information. University of Chicago Press, 2007
10 Lanier, Jaron. You Are Not a Gadget. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

Ongoing Collage Series
Digital prints, screen prints, frosted vellum, vinyl decals, acrylic paint
12 x 9

Uhhhh, U There? Solo Exhibition
Fall 2018
    Bethel University
    St. Paul, Minnesota

    Exhibition installation documentation by Michelle Wingard.
    Digitally printed outdoor vinyl, screen printed and laser cut acrylic, laser cut drywall
    18 x 24