Fill in the Blanks

Fill in the Blanks by Jessica Esch, is a typelooping series born during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Each piece starts with a statement or phrase that Jess wants to dwell on which she then types repeatedly until a conversation emerges. This series plays with both the repetition of daily routines during the pandemic and the centering of mantras in the face of uncertainty. They can be experienced as image and text. 

In creating Fill in the Blanks, Jess drew from her engagement with the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. Read about her time in the Archives in a two-part blog series published by the Archives: Treasure Trove: Archives as Inspiration and A Friendship Forged in the Archives. View the artist statement. View or download press kit. Also, watch Jess talk about the collection here.

Works in this exhibit are not yet available for purchase. If you would like to be notified when pieces become available, please contact Jess. 

Wait. What?
Wait. What?

Wait. What?

His Story
His Story

His Story

Reclamation
Reclamation

Reclamation

On Theme
On Theme

On Theme

Love Letter
Love Letter

Love Letter

Truly
Truly

Truly

To Us
To Us

To Us

For One
For One

For One

Encore
Encore

Encore

Rearranger
Rearranger

Rearranger

Holy Bold
Holy Bold

Holy Bold

Don't Worry About
Don't Worry About

Don't Worry About

Somewhere
Somewhere

Somewhere

Open Up
Open Up

Open Up

Margin Call
Margin Call

Margin Call

Whatever There Is
Whatever There Is

Whatever There Is

The Bridge
The Bridge

The Bridge

Trust Me
Trust Me

Trust Me

Not A Compliment
Not A Compliment

Not A Compliment

Rising
Rising

Rising

Totally
Totally

Totally

Front and Center
Front and Center

Front and Center

Be You
Be You

Be You

Lucky That Way
Lucky That Way

Lucky That Way

Housework Is Love Made Visible
Housework Is Love Made Visible

Housework Is Love Made Visible

Pointless
Pointless

Pointless

Should Have Tried
Should Have Tried

Should Have Tried

Zing
Zing

Zing

Hang On
Hang On

Hang On

Focus
Focus

Focus

Closing Thought
Closing Thought

Closing Thought

Be Better Be
Be Better Be

Be Better Be