jessica gabriel was born (1980) in sechelt (shishá7lh) on the sunshine coast, cascadia, canada.
currently based in vancouver, be sea, on unceded coast salish territories, 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 practices clownology at fantastic space enterprises, and is a founding member of the ASSEMBLY (an all-womxn clown collective). jessica also holds a permaculture design certificate.
the roots of their 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 shi still often tweets.
jessica has a strong affinity to the natural whirl’d & can often be found crawling the ground with many feelers, collecting and layering debris onto her homemade shell.. . .
©2002 – 2019 Jessica Gabriel – All images are copyright of the artist.