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"Spinal Chord" by Jessica Nora: photograph of an original steel sculpture, Spinal Chord. The steel sculpture is twice the size of a human spinal chord. Different sections of it are wide and sturdy, while other parts of it are thin and seemingly fragile. this piece balances on what appears to be the most fragile part of the sculpture, sitting on the pointed edges of the appendages. This image shows the sculpture as well as multiple shadows that distort the shape of the sculpture.

“Spinal Chord”

Artist: Jessica Nora, Jamaica Plain

Description: 16” x 21” photograph of an original steel sculpture, Spinal Chord. The steel sculpture is twice the size of a human spinal chord. Different sections of it are wide and sturdy, while other parts of it are thin and seemingly fragile. Inspired by my experience with Narcolepsy, this piece balances on what appears to be the most fragile part of the sculpture, sitting on the pointed edges of the appendages. The sculpture evokes pain and tension while also displaying elegance and grace. This image shows the sculpture as well as multiple shadows that distort the shape of the sculpture. These distortions speak to the complexities behind living with an invisible chronic illness.

Artist Statement: At the age of 18, I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy. Narcolepsy still needs a lot of research, but it is commonly accepted that this illness effects the central nervous system. Spinal Chord depicts the continued success in completing seemingly impossible tasks, as is my experience living with multiple invisible illnesses.

About the Artist: Jessica Nora is a sculptor from Boston, who works in various media, particularly metals, fibers, and wax. She received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with a focus in Sculpture from University of the Arts in May 2016. She also studied abroad at Studio Art Center International in Florence where she had the opportunity to work in Carrara White Marble and develop her love for carving. She has shown her work at University of the Arts’ Annual Art Unleashed and a variety of curated shows at University of the Arts, as well as in two shows in Florence, Italy. Her work is also shown regularly at the Kugel Collaborative Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and can be occasionally viewed in galleries throughout the greater Boston area. Louise Bourgeois is known to have said, “An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.” This one line acts as the strongest motivation in Jessica’s artwork. With this ability, comes a responsibility—a responsibility to talk about the uncomfortable things that need to be said. Jessica Nora uses her work to get a conversation going, often about the subjects of invisible illnesses or trauma.

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