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Jessica Grindstaff

New York, NY   

Jessica Grindstaff is a New York City-based artist who has been known as a creator of haunting, meticulously constructed music box dioramas and paintings in wax and chalkboard as well as a jewelry line/ on-going performance piece of prize ribbons and medals. Within the context of Phantom Limb company she is an artistic director that consistently takes a fine art approach to set design and has a strident commitment to making collaborative theatrical work. Jessica has collaborated with such diverse artists as: Mark Z. Danielewski, Ulrike Quade, the Kronos Quartet, Ping Chong, Geoff Sobelle of RainPan and Charlotte Ford. In 2010 Jessica production designed Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and began a collaboration on an opera about Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla, composed by Phil Kline and directed by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Her most recent project, “69˚S.” has brought Jessica to a teaching residency in Melbourne Australia, a research residency with original expedition journals at Dartmouth College, residencies at Brooklyn Academy of Music, MASS MoCA, EMPAC, the Grand Theatre in the Netherlands and most dramatically to the continent of Antarctica itself. In 2013/14 Jessica designed a version of Peer Gynt in collaboration with Republique theatre in Copenhagen.  Currently she is in development on several new projects, most notably a project about the world’s oldest living tree entitled “Memory Rings”. Jessica is co-founder and art director of Phantom Limb and continues to have a diverse and creative engagement with interior set design, installation and fabrication for commercial clients.

Memory Rings trailer and profile

This video contains brief explanations of process and inspiration for Phantom Limb’s current production development for Memory Rings as well as work in progress footage from our residency at the Robert Rauschenberg estate in Captiva Florida in October 2013.

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