Using oil, acrylic, and gouache, artist Jessica Hess recreates street art in such precise detail that you almost can't believe you're looking at paintings. Armed with her camera, she takes pictures all over the city, snapping graffiti laden walls and decrepit surfaces. Her paintings bring to light they physical decay of man-made buildings or nature reclaiming its structures.
“You have the architect who designed the building, the street artists that alter its surface, Mother Nature tearing it all down, and me, taking it all in,” she recently told White Walls. “These locations are really all I notice in a city. I am not your typical tourist. I go right to the worst neighborhoods and industrial wastelands on the outskirts of town.”