Jess Irish is an award-winning artist, designer, and writer who makes lyrical nonfiction films and cross-genre media. Her recent films include This Mortal Plastik, For While, and The Phantasmagoria of Offense: the male version. Her collaborative design practice focuses on environmental justice and empowering forms of new media. She is the principal designer for Visualizing Pipeline Impacts, which creates media and analyses about shale gas infrastructure.
“Both as an individual artist and collaborating designer, I seek to find new ways technology can afford a multimodal perspective into non-fiction subjects. I’ve been inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s call to embrace the work of the “comprehensivist” — one who puts things together in new ways.“ – Jess Irish
Her films have been received honors such as “Best Director of a Documentary Short”, “Best Long Short”, “Best Environmental Film”, “Best Hybrid Film”, “Best Experimental Documentary”, “Best Video Art” and “Best Editing.” Her films have screened in festivals both nationally and internationally. Her artworks have been featured in media such as Art Forum, METROPOLIS, RES, and Artweek magazines. She has received project funding from the Creative Capital Foundation and was one of four artists to be supported by California Arts Council in its first round of individual grants for digital media. Former collaborative design includes open-source software projects DataMyne, Urban Research Toolkit. She was the founding co-director of OnRamp Arts, an award-winning non-profit in central LA.
Irish is an Associate Professor of Design and Technology in the School of Art, Media & Technology at Parsons, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design research, hybrid works and new media. She received her studio MFA from UC Irvine and her creative writing MFA from The New School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley, NY with her family of humans and dogs.