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Hopewell Bake Exchange

Jesse and James designed the small Paris, KY Bakery on a minimal budget. Their primary focus was three fold, how to warm up the space, make it cohesive, and create a...

Robertas - Los Angeles

Infamous Brooklyn based Pizza restaurant Robertas tagged Studio Jesse James to design their second restaurant located in Culver City, CA

Hayden Cafe - Culver City

Hayden Restaurant approached Studio Jesse James to design their flagship cafe. The main design focal point being around the wine.

Mainland Poke

Jesse re-designed the Mainland Poke brand with three new restaurant spaces in Los Angeles.

Jesse Voigt has been painting under the artist moniker Essi Zimm since 2009.

“Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Folklore is the human attempt to pass on truths. Henry Glassie said it best, “it stresses the interdependence of the personal, the social; the aesthetic, the ethical, the cosmological; the beautiful, the good, the true. Practically, folklore is the study of human creativity in its own context”

My art can be summed up as confessions of paper, a way to visually communicate truths, accessing the space occupied by folklore. Paper conceals and communicates meaning, and can be destroyed and overlaid in various modes. I begin a piece by abstractly representing an image in paint, which I then cover with paper: scraps found, created from pulp, or hand illustrated. I then peel away the paper, leaving a construction bearing a nonlinear but viscerally personal connection to its origin. The accumulated papers mimic the debris that sticks to memories; it mirrors waking life’s uncanny transfiguration in our dreams. Where realism trusts only what can be tested and seen, folklore presents a world vibrating with meaning, a morally charged and heavily fated universe that rejects logic in favor of the non-linear.


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