Jessica has had a lifelong companionship with horses. After the passing of her beloved horse, she turned back to photographing the wild mustangs as a way to reconnect with these beautiful animals.
Mustangs are protected under The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 but today in an effort to control the population, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is rounding horses off our public lands, taking away their freedom. These efforts come with much controversy in how to properly and humanely manage our cherished mustangs.
While these horses are stuck in the crossfire of an emotional and controversial struggle, Jessica encourages the viewer to take interest in the mustangs and help preserve their place on our lands. Mustangs are living symbols of the American West and these images are a tribute to them.
Using a 19th century platinum print out process, Jessica's platinum prints are handmade. Each piece is individually hand coated and exposed to direct sunlight, creating truly unique works of art. Only one platinum print and proof are made of each photograph. The scarcity of platinum and these unique prints is meant to parallel brief moments spent with these wild horses whose future is uncertain.
In 2021, Jessica started to consider blockchain technology as a new medium to present her work. She felt offering a 1/1 non-fungible token (NFT) was a way to preserve the history of these magnificent horses in a unique format that complimented her physical prints, but has also allowed her to share their story in a broader way.
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