Jami Joelle Nielsen is a Santa Barbara, CA based self-taught artist who was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and received her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at the University of Kansas. She has been exhibiting art nationally since 2007. Her body of work combines a reverence for nature and the human experience. Jami Joelle creates assemblage, paintings, and collage using found, recycled, man-made materials, as well as elements from nature. Operating within the intersection of art, science, and social change, she strives to develop powerful works that speak to social and environmental concerns while encouraging dialogue, education, and collaboration in an inclusive community, connecting us to each other and the broader universe. Her art narrates the disconnection that exists in humanity’s relationship with its source, and explores deeper dependencies therein. The result pays homage to symbiosis, transformation, and hope. Jami Joelle has art on permanent display at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
As a disabled artist with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a painful genetic degenerative joint and neurological disease, I must spend most of my life in bed within a small world, constrained by the same four walls. It is in my bed where I use recycled materials, relevant to science, nature and humanity, to test spatial boundaries and construct analog papercut and mixed media collage “Otherworldly Landscapes”, surreal worlds and places of wonder, which I can imagine and explore. These artworks are both of this earthly realm and the human experience, as well as beyond it. I invite the viewer to interpret and explore these fantastical worlds with me while reimagining their own place and futures.