Jess Bischoff is an emerging jewellery artist living and working in Toronto. She holds a BFA from OCADU in Drawing & Painting and is a 2021 graduate of the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College. Her work is represented by L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa, and has been included in exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Belgium. She has received several scholarships and awards, including the 2022 Milano Jewellery Tour Communication Award at Brussels Jewellery Week. Jess was accepted as an Artist-in
Residence (Metal) at Harbourfront Centre in 2022.
Jess' current body of work reflects her fascination for the extraordinary astrobiological research being conducted by NASA's Mars Exploration Program. Inspired by her interest in Martian geology, she focuses on specific research gathering processes associated with some of the more recent aspects of the mission: drilling, core-sampling, and sample caching. Her work emphasizes the significance of these processes, and their importance in examining the mysterious rock and regolith of Mars.
In her studio, Jess works primarily in precious metals and niobium. The exploration of various techniques used to manipulate, combine and/or distort these materials in terms of surface, form, and texture, are central to her current practice.