Jessica Bodner

Jessica Bodner

Emigrant, MT, United States

About Jessica Bodner

Archeology, Geometry and astronomy often influence the direction of my artwork. Native American culture has also had a significant impact on my work and fuels inspiration for many projects, as an environmentalist and naturalist, I have always held a strong respect and appreciation for the "Original Peoples" and their interwoven relationship with the land and animals. Woven steel vessel forms partially buried in the earth are reminiscent of archeological artifacts, a bygone era of Human and Nature living in harmony. Woven Steel Beehive light sculptures combine form and light to create texture and patterns on the surrounding surfaces as a double dimension of drawing. Suspended night sky inspired pieces float orbs of light on spiraling tube steel that seem to spin and move like cirrus clouds in the sky.
My newest series of colorful outdoor freestanding sculptures inspired by ancient themes in nature blend with the grandeur and beauty inherent in outdoor native landscapes, from large Nautilus forms to abstract gestures, metal is twisted and hewn to create woven thickets where light and shadow pass through creating an interplay between the natural backdrop, the changing seasons and direction of the sun.
My “Fiber Optic light paintings” are inspired by fractal formations, aerial views of dried up river beds and formations from alluvial fans in mountain scapes are depicted in water color on wood, fine fibers are woven and ‘Drawn” onto the outlines of the paintings and an LED projector is hidden in the back of the painting which illuminates the fibers on the surface, giving the paintings life and light (many are DMX capable). I use sacred geometry when constructing my pieces and often create a scale model prior to fabrication of the actual piece. For commissioned works, the history and environment of the location play an important role in the creative process to create a truly site-specific work.

Born in Chicago, ILL to artist parents, I had a destiny to become an artist myself. Fostered by their knowledge, skill and abilities, I was given the opportunity to start practicing very young. My time was spent both in downtown and in the country of southern Illinois where my grandparents had a farm. It was there when my grandfather introduced me to iron work (he was a fabricator and engineer of water towers at Chicago Bridge and Iron for 50 years- Bridgework has been an ongoing fascination and inspiration to me). I have always had one foot in the dirt and one foot on the concrete, a city/country girl at heart. My education in art started young with a scholarship to the Academy of art High School in Chicago. Then at age 17, I moved to California to pursue college, first in L.A. for and AA with focus on Fashion Design and pattern making at F.I.D.M. L.A. and then a BFA in Fine Arts at The Academy of Art, S.F., CA, with a focus on metal sculpture and fabrication, geometry and a four year study of human anatomy. I also studied engineering , Glass blowing and blacksmithing independently and currently retain a UL certification for Luminairs and am a master welder. After 20+ years in CA (mostly San Francisco, in a large live-work warehouse in the Bayview district) where I created over 700 pieces for public and private commissions, I relocated to Montana, where I built my dream studio in magnificent, Paradise Valley just north of Yellowstone National Park at an active private airport in an airplane hanger. Currently I am focused on commission work for permanent collections and public spaces as well as outdoor large-scale sculpture, fiber optic light paintings and midsize sculptural pieces for indoor displays. My newest series of sculpture draws inspiration from animals and ancient fossils found in the region.


1994 BFA Academy of art University, S.F., CA
1990 F.I.D.M L.A., CA


Public Art Commissions

*Small Town Big Art, Public art sculpture, Wailuku, HI “Hina’i” 2019
*Gallatin Art Crossing, Public art sculpture, Bozeman MT “Vessel In Red” 2018
*Art Walk, Yountville CA, downtown sculpture installation of “Nautilus” 2018
*Nebula light sculpture, Public Art for Will Rogers Airport Rental Car Facility entrance, Oklahoma City, 2016 Oklahoma,
*Saturn Light Sculpture, West Cancer Center Public art for prayer room, Houston, Texas, 2016
*Multiple pieces, COIL community multi complex entry light sculptures, Indianapolis, Indiana 2016
*Beehive Light sculptures for entry, lobby, Ipic Theater, Houston, Texas, 2015
*Hale Konon- freestanding sculpture, San Francisco HPS redevelopment public art project, San 2015 Francisco, CA,
*Beehive light sculpture, The Pearl, Doha Quetar, UA, United Emirates, 2014
Starweave-multiple pieces, Crown Plaza - club Cabana, Palo Alto, CA, 2014
*Multiple Pieces for Entry and Prayer room, Temple Emanu EL, Redlands, CA, 2013
*Multiple pieces, Starbucks, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013
*Beehive light sculptures for entry, Lake Murray Nature Center-Tucker Tower, Ardmore, Oklahoma, 2013 $22,000
*Multiple pieces for entry, Hyatt, Vladivostok, Russia, 2012
*Light sculpture & free standing art, Neiman Marcus, Walnut Creek, CA, 2012
*Polaris light sculpture (on loan), Ventura Museum, Ventura, CA, 2011
*Multiple pieces, Starbucks, Rosemont, ILL 2011
*Multiple pieces, Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2010
*Multiple pieces, Gary Player Headquarters, Greenville, South Carolina, 2010
*Nebula Light sculpture, Voyager at Space Center Apartments, Houston, Texas, 2010
*Multiple pieces, Streets of Woodfield, Woodfield, Illinois, 2010
*Cirrus installation, Ronal McDonald House- beacon of hope light tower, Dallas, Texas, 2009
*Multiple pieces, Choctaw Native American Casino, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2009
* Lobby Rotunda Public art, St.John’s Hospital, Detroit, MI, 2007
*Beehive, Hyatt Art Collection, Bellvue, WA, 2009
*Nebula, Marriott, Aruba, Aruba-Dutch Caribbean, Aruba, 2008
*Cirrus light sculpture, Ravinia music pavilion public art, Ravinia, ILL, 2008
*Multiple light installations, Gansevoort Ballroom and Lobby, Miami, Florida, 2007
*Multiple light installations in Museum and Casino, Tohono Native American Museum and Desert Diamond Casino, 2007 Tucson, Arizona,
*Beehive light sculptures, Landmarc at AOL Time Warner center, New York, New York, 2007
*Nebula Lobby Light sculpture, 325 5th Ave, New York, New York, 2006
*Orion light installation, Gentle Star Med Spa, San Francisco, CA, 2005 *Heart Electra, Hearts In San Francisco, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
*Basket Native American memorial public art sculpture, Emeryville Shell Mound Memorial, Emeryville, CA, 2004

Honors & Awards

Residency, Buffalo Creek art Center, 2018. Sculpture included in sculpture park.
California investing in artists, Grant recipient, $5,000 2011
Boy Awards, Interior Design Magazine, 2014,2010
Annual Solo show competition, Sylvia White Gallery, Solo Show 2009
Best Of Year, San Francisco Magazine, Best of Year awards 2005
Cover Design contest, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Cover Design Contest 2004