Jessalyn Finch | Shadow Form: The Human Body’s Secret Life

Opening Reception | January 17, 2020 | 6pm

Shadow Form, The Human Body’s Secret Life (2020) is a collection of life-size charcoal drawings that explore the associations we have with our human body. The nude form is utilized as the physical concept of the mind’s shadow, a vessel separate from the mind itself. The work portrays life experiences and feelings that models shared with the artist about their form. These stories about the body’s function, beauty, or abilities affect both the way that we move through this world, and how we are viewed by others.

Jessalyn Finch interviewed and worked with models to create this collection of drawings. She uses posing, lighting, and contrast while minimizing direct identifiers to create an essence of how the model feels and thinks about their form without focusing on identity itself. Often deemed mysterious, the large scale of this exhibit aims to bring the human body out of the shadow of shame and censorship and into the light of discussion; highlighting the connective power of the human form. This Shadow Form is always present, expressing our history, and carrying the residue of our shared humanity.

About the Artist:

Jessalyn Finch is a visual artist that lives and works in Rochester, MN. She has been a Figure Drawer and Printmaker for over 10 years beginning with a undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her focus on the human body has transitioned from the study of movement to a more story-driven, conceptual nature. Her work has grown into life-size pieces that focus on the relationships and associations we have with our physical form.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.




Rochester Art Center has initiated a regional art exhibition series in which artists who are awarded Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) emerging artist and advancing artist grants may exhibit their work at RAC in the third floor galleries.