Custom graphite drawing on paper
The revered Iroko, a sacred tree in Afro-Caribbean spiritual beliefs, embodies ancestral spirits and holds a profound significance. Serving as a spiritual bridge between the living and the ethereal realm, Iroko, also known as the Ceiba tree, connects through its roots, acting as conduits to the celestial. Additionally, it stands as a powerful symbol of protection, drawing in people who seek its presence for guidance and blessings.
For the AIM Biennial, I sought to capture the mystical essence of Iroko’s roots, reaching into unknown worlds, by placing three individual works on paper under the shade of three towering Ceiba trees—a ritualistic act—prompting the absorption of energy, a symbol of protection. These three works on paper are now placed in storefront windows on NE 79 ST, intended to share Iroko’s protective energy with all who pass by.
Jessica “Yessica” Gispert was born, lives and works in Miami, FL. Received an MFA from Art from New York University and a Postgraduate degree from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Gispert is a visual artist interconnecting themes of identity, ritual and spirituality.. Activating transformative materials in her sculptures to confront the intricate and unstable nature of contemporary life. Exhibitions, MoMA PS1, NY;, Museum Abteiberg, Dortmund Kunstverein, Germany; Cleve Carney Museum, IL. Recent solo exhibitions include “ESPINA,” Under the Bridge Art Space (2022), and “Desvelos”, Emerson Dorsch Gallery (2023), Miami.