THE INTERSECTION OF PASSION & PURPOSE
Jessica Rycheal is an Interdiscplinary Storyteller and Senior Art Director from Macon, Georgia. Rycheal received a BFA from Georgia Southern University. After spending a few years cultivating her talents in the southeast, Rycheal relocated to Seattle. She's carved space for herself in the pacific northwest with a career in visual design strategy and art direction. Projects for global brands like Amazon, Gatorade, and Under Armour have employed Jessica’s leadership and expertise from Seattle-based agencies to studios in Germany.
Rycheal’s debut museum exhibition, Everyday Black—a contemporary photography exhibit at the Northwest African-American Museum—pulled her activism around black visibility and inclusive representation into focus. Her portraits explore the depth and humanity of blackness, in a sociopolitical climate where inequity and displacement eclipse black visibility. Rycheal’s photography archive affirms the individuality of black folks by capturing her subjects with an honest intimacy that makes them feel familiar, like kinfolk. Her body of work is a homage to the beauty and heroism of blackness and its resilience.
However, Jessica’s healing journey and a few intuitive guides led her back to her first love, writing. Her sultry approach to storytelling blends spoken word and song, as she ushers her audiences through wittingly transparent tales of healing, generational trauma, self-love, and romance. Her performances have been featured and or published on NPR, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Times, Human Condition Magazine, and Seattle Public Libary.
Though the mediums through which Jessica Rycheal works are varied, the common thread unifying her diverse means of expression is story-telling. It is this passion for storytelling that yields the emotive, impactful and relatable body of both strategy and creative work for which Rycheal is known.