jessica gabriel was born (1980) in sechelt (shishá7lh) on the sunshine coast, cascadia, coast salish territory, canada.
currently based in vancouver be sea working as a multidisciplinary artist, puppeteer, life model, and (since 2003) is artistic co-director of mind of a snail puppet co.
jessica earned a bachelor of fine arts in painting from ubc (2002), and also studied at l’école nationale supèrieure des beaux arts in paris, france. she has practiced clownology at fantastic space enterprises, and holds a permaculture design certificate.
the roots of her language are in 10+ years of french immersion; and before that she learned sign language from the cat. jessica’s first spoken word was “bird”; and she still often tweets.
jessica has a strong affinity to the natural whirl’d. she can often be found crawling the ground with her many feelers, collecting and layering debris onto her homemade shell.. . .
©2002 – 2017 Jessica Gabriel – All images are copyright of the artist.