Jessica Ekomane

My studio is my living space, here in Florence. Otherwise it is mostly contained on my desktop. In general it’s the place where I’m facing myself.

What I do in one sentence: I work with electronic music and sound most of the time.

Why I didn’t get a 9 to 5 job: Well it is a proper job. But I like the freedom of not working for someone else, deciding of my schedule and other aspects of my life.

An artwork I dream of and I would get accomplished if space, time and money were abundant: I realised a lot of things I wanted to do I have to say, I’ve even been given much more, so I don’t have much frustrations about unrealised projects at the moment. There’s plenty of unexpected to come still also.

Why I do what I do: It makes me feel alive, and it became quite quickly self-evident that this was my calling. So in hindsight it almost doesn’t feel like a “choice” even.

Artists, I have on my watch list (and why): Too many…

I am afraid of Spiders, regrets, other people’s fears.

I know that a piece is finished when It’s such a vital thing to learn to finish things. Things can always be tweaked again especially when looking back and some times have passed. Nowadays I find that it’s just a “feeling”, that something reached a certain threshold and entered the territory of its possible states of “finishness”.

How I want to be buried resp. words I want to be written on my tombstone: I didn’t reflect much on my death yet, beyond slowly starting to reflect on the concept of “legacy”…

Jessica Ekomane, Villa Romana Fellow 2023. Studio visit in Jessica’s studio at Villa Romana in Florence.