Currently Reading: Finding A Place In The Beehive

Jessica Carter encourages you to quell the spiritual exhaustion using art and marijuana, and whatever else moves you


Although she’s a visual person, sound is dominating her thoughts. Curator and artistic collaborator Jessica Carter craves motion to animate the static.

“I’m looking at sound collage, and projection curation,” Carter shares. “I get a physical rush working sound that is unique. There’s neurons and atoms flying all around. I might just be excited to be less wordy too.”

During her daylight hours she is trend forecasting for Nordstroms, and bumping up against what she calls “the Dinos” in all matter of corporate consulting. Golden parachute executives aside, Carter is serving a facilitator role in some of Seattle’s bubbling art movements. She works on her own accord, and for other’s well-being in almost equal parts.

“I came here two years ago and just wanted to work under a powerhouse leader,” Carter recalls. “My boss was a former global creative director at Nike. It taught me about group dynamics.”

This education was immediately applied to from-the-ground-up collectives like LoveCityLove and LxWxH in Georgetown. Art parties and exhibits are child’s play for this emerging talent, her real impact is in projects where her direction is present at the root level.

“Laura Cassidy (writer and editor) has years of short stories piled up. I’m working with her to select and turn certain ones into film treatments. These would be dialogue-free films.”

Simultaneously, she’s working with old friend Clint LaRue and his Oddinary Garments label to re-brand nature loving for a generation of adolescent media fiends.

“It’s a printmaking project using foliage and Northwest nature textures,” Carter says during our brief sit-down. “I like to geek out on a nature level, and Clint does too. We use diffusion prints, and its allegorical to the environment. We’ve got proceeds going to First Nation tribes who are working to restore Pacific Northwest native plant life. It’s called Floating Gardens.”

Her passion for plant life extends to marijuana as well. Opinions abound but mostly Jessica Carter wants to watch what becomes of recreational marijuana, preferring to observe what sprouts from the ashes of the black market.

“Artists have their own kinds of cannabis habits,” Carter mentions referencing her experiences as a curator. “I think there are more conversations about what’s going in our bodies in this group. People are studying up. I know I’m hoping pot meet-ups become as common as grabbing a drink. There’s a different mode of consciousness that would come about. At the end of the day everyone is gonna throw a little somethin’ back to quell the spiritual exhaustion. The day doesn’t have to end at the bar. I’m curious about how legalization will alter products, and all the different ways people will be able to help themselves away from the big business machine. It can be transformative if you are intentional in how it’s used. We all want to find our place in the beehive.”

In the meantime PDA asks her to provide any recommendations for the average pot party people attending art shows while three sheets to the wind.

“If you’re going to an art show yeah, go for it, blaze before,” Carter capitulates. “Take your time with the art. Go back and compare it again when you’re clear eyed. My favorite thing with weed is documenting what happens. Then review it, relive it, with sobriety. You can find entire works to pursue this way.”

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