A stencil of Jessica standing in profile with hands stretched out above her head as if she is in second position for ballet, feet wide, arms making a circle above her head. Here the stencil is placed over Jessica, her skin acting as the silhouette.
N.B.: These descriptions were developed from a series of conversations between artist Jessica Skintges Wallach and comedian Lamont Price, The People’s heART’s docent. Sometimes they choose to write these descriptions in one voice and sometimes they choose to highlight their individual thoughts. These pieces are a conversation started and they both are very interested in what you see in them and what they make you think about. Please leave comments below.
Backstory: I got a Brother Scan and Cut to make stencils of my own body and asked my friend Alisha Lacy to take photos of me. One day I was sitting in a hotel room looking at my dry skn on my legs and was feeling old, then I decided it would make good photo
I always loved dancing, moving my body, keeping rhythm. I took dance classes from age 4 to 12. Put myself to sleep thinking of dancing, being tall as a dancer, I am short.
Lamont: Artist Jessica Wallach simply shows the world that she is present and is unafraid to be confident despite a society that thinks she should feel and act diminished by her disabilities. They are part of her and integral to her being, but do not in any way define her as a human being. She doesn’t need people to think for her or make decisions about her. She’s here. Full and present. People with disabilities don’t just need resources, they are a resource. As Jessica says: “They are good partners, collaborators, playmates, friends, leaders and yes lovers .” People with disabilities don’t need your pity. What they need, nay DEMAND, is your respect
Jessica Skintges Wallach, Just skin, 2022. Digital Photograph. ©Jessica Wallach. All rights reserved.