Jessica Ledwich is a Melbourne based visual artist whose work explores the more contentious topics of conversation. Mortality, anthropology, technology and contemporary ideals are themes that regularly feature in her work. She explores the uncanny, the abject and often the irrational to unmask the more complex side of human behaviour, analyzing its perversities, to distill down this strange phenomena we call 'culture'.
She initially studied a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University, Melbourne, but found her true calling in photography and visual art. In 2011 the Australian Centre of Media Photographers selected her as 1 of 5 emerging artists in Australia for her provoking and visually seductive work, and as a feature artist in the U.S Publication Visual Overture. She regularly exhibits in Australia and overseas and her work is held in private collections in Australia, London, The United States and Hong Kong. In 2014 she completed a Master of Fine Art with Distinction at RMIT, Melbourne. In 2015 she was selected to create a public sculpture as part of the Castlemaine State Festival Visual Arts Biennial. Her series Monstrous Feminine recently received acclaim, enjoying press coverage in the US, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Australia and New Zealand and was featured in the New York photography publication Musée Magazine's WOMEN issue and the Chicago political magazine The Point. Her solo Our Desires Are Not Our Own was selected by Art Guide Australia as Top 5 Exhibition to see in Australia in August. She is a recipient of both an Australia Arts Council Artstart award as well as a Cultural Career Fund award.