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

Opening Reception | January 24, 2020 | 6pm | Facebook Event Page

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. Learn more on the artists’ website here:

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.




The ROOTED program at RAC is open to artists living and working in the eleven counties surrounding Rochester and showcases the most innovative and talented artists from the region. For artists who have received artist grants from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), RAC provides gallery space to showcase the art by the grantee. RAC curatorial staff provides grant application support, studio visits and exhibition space, but do not select the artists, who are chosen by SEMAC jury. ROOTED exemplifies the commitment of RAC to be a central hub for art made in Southeastern Minnesota.



Join Artist Jessalyn Finch for a fun and informal Life Drawing Studio. Held at the Rochester Art Center.
Back by popular demand, A Special Edition of Life Drawing at RAC!

6 – 8 PM

Members $10 Per Session // Non-Members $12 Per Session

Series 1: SOLD OUT

Series 2

Session 1: April 8

Session 2: April 15

Session 3: April 22

Hosted by local artist Jessalyn Finch, this fun, informal open-studio series is for both novice and experienced participants. A live model will be present in each session. Sign up for one, two or all three sessions, your choice! The host will bring a different focus to each of the sessions. Bring your favorite drawing or painting materials with you, or choose to borrow from our classroom materials bar.

Studio sessions will contain nude or partially nude models. Participants must be age 16+. For the safety of our models, No Photography is allowed in the life drawing studio.

Register today! Due to limited space, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if there are open spots in the studio. Registration is available online, processing fees apply:

Want to skip the processing fee? Register over the phone at (507) 282-8629 or stop by in person Tue – Sat 10-5, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester MN.