Jessica Freites is a multidisciplinary artist and teaching artist with a centralized focus in sound, based out of Miami, Florida. Her work revolves around the relationship occurring between the subconscious mind’s effect on communication; be it external, internal, written, verbal, non-verbal, sonic, visual, etc. and communication’s effect on the subconscious mind. She is especially interested in the bridge that is built, or may already exist between listener and receiver and what occurs within that in between space…
Jessica started off her relationship with artistic expression as a child through her years of formal training in piano and violin. Later on she frequented open mics in the name of spoken word and spent another decade dedicated to the business side of music at companies such as Fatbeats, the William Morris Agency, Warner Chappell, Inc., etc. Here she gained even more of an in depth understanding of music’s influence and power in deeply affecting people consciously as well as subconsciously. In turn, her focus became the process of communication. In order to further pursue her exploration into the subconscious mind she became a certified sound therapist and integrates this approach into understanding and creating the process of the process itself. Jessica has held various musical arts performance residencies with the arts non-profits, Arts For Learning and VSA and is a music mentor through the music based non-profit Guitars Over Guns. She encourages students to make connections between their internal and external environments in order to heal, empower and create with intention. She has also lent her creative contributions to the arts non-profit, YoungArts and was one of the artists chosen to attend the Cultural Currents Artist Residency for 2016 hosted in Suriname through the arts non-profit, Diaspora Vibe Arts Incubator.
“Nadir” is an exploration into the cusp of the subconscious. It is the bridge between the individual psyche and its materialization into the physical plane. Here we address the significance of the vessel that is the female body, the matriarch, the mother, and most significantly the representation of the feminine principal in and of itself.
In the piece’s context the terms “feminine” and “masculine” refer to the duality nature of the plane of reality where both expressions exist in a symbiotic dance. The feminine representing the qualitative, the unseen, the non-linear, the subconscious, darkness, mysticism, that which receives and merges, nature, birth, death, emotionality, the murky, and unknown, i.e., that which we cannot fully understand intellectually nor merely through our conscious five senses yet possesses the potentiality to affect us in a very real way. Although these concepts are inherent to all of our realities, structures in modernized Western society have decimated their power and necessity. Societal systems have drastically strayed away from living within a collaborative nature and become fundamentally patriarchal, trickling down to the personal values of the individual. We often give exceptional validity to what we are able to see and touch in the physical plane, that which brings tangible, measurable, means to an ends results, that which can be explained, categorized, analyzed and intellectualized and often toss aside all that does not fit into these molds.
The main figure serves as a personified entity of a neo-archetypal goddess. Here we see her evolutionary story as well as her struggle to free herself from eons of suppression from her personal psyche. Here, we remember.
October 25, 2017