Jessica Fairfax Hirst aka Palmer Fishman (USA) is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily in performance, video, installation and 3D collage. She has been a refugee since 2006 from the toxic habitat in the United States, having lived in Nicaragua, Spain and the Dominican Republic. Sh works with an expanded process of site-specific creation all over the world on themes such as neurodiversity and other forms of difference, sociopolitical issues such as human trafficking and the ongoing impacts of US interventions in Latin America, and various aspects of climate change and our place in the ecosystems we inhabit.
‘I have a highly sensitive personal ecosystem, such that I have been seriously impacted by my reactions to unhealthy environments, such as graduate art school in Los Angeles or a hipster Jerusalem neighborhood full of young people who party while toting enormous weapons. I endeavor to make use of my mental and physical responses as another art material, and listen to what they tell me. In addition to my Earth Systems degree from Stanford I have studied at the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and Public Practice at Otis College of Art and Design. I also cofounded a site-specific contemporary dance company, CatScratch Theatre, in Washington, DC.’