Jessica Weiss is a native New Yorker who received her BA from Oberlin College and studied at the New York Studio School in the mid 1970s. Long impressed with the optical and psychological power of domestic wallpaper, Weiss takes that often-overlooked material's beauty and brings it to the fore, stenciling, overlaying, mirroring and otherwise referencing its varied patterns—from vegetal traceries and floral flocking to juvenile and oriental motifs. Weiss allows figure and ground to merge in her paintings and works on paper, all the better to create new layers of visual meaning.

The artist (who received a National Endowment for the Arts' Fellowship in Painting in 1989) has had solo exhibitions at Outlet Fine Art (Bushwick, Brooklyn), A. M. Richard Fine Art (Brooklyn) and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York City), and her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, TimeOut NY, The Baltimore Sun, and the New York Observer. Weiss has appeared in numerous group exhibitions including "Two Friends and So On" at Andrew Kreps, "Seaworthy" at Edward Thorpe, "Three Degrees of Separation" at Sonnabend Gallery, and "The Stroke" (selected by Elizabeth Murray) at Exit Art.