We had a camper van, with another caravan parked there and a studio which was an enormous garage" – but the impetus of grief and loss were what finally pushed Jessica into fully exploring her emotions, something she had long wanted to do.
"I always wanted to be able to express myself like that.
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The daughter of a British foreign office official, Jessica was born in Budapest and grew up in Spain.
In 1979, when she was just 19, she travelled to India, to sit at the feet of the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, a controversial figure who believed in the Human Potential Movement and advocated the exploration of violence in therapy and an open attitude towards sexuality.
Men and women became more equal politically, financially, and socially in many nations.
Women eventually won the right to vote in many countries and own property and receive equal treatment by the law, and these changes had profound impacts on the relationships between men and women.
Where does the impulse to create, that finally dominates inhibition, come from?
In many societies, individuals could decide—on their own—whether they should marry, whom they should marry, and when they should marry.
Although in many countries, movies, meals, and meeting in coffeehouses and other places is now popular, as are advice books suggesting various strategies for men and women, in other parts of the world, such as in South Asia and many parts of the Middle East, being alone in public as a couple with another person is not only frowned upon but can even lead to either person being socially ostracized.
"I decided to make a portrait of him from memory, because I missed him.
I was trying in some way to bring him back, or express how he had been," she tells me in a deep, resonant voice, hands gesturing with delicate expression, as we sit, surrounded by her joyful, slightly madcap sculptures, on the second floor of the Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin.
That was in 1990, and for both of them, the beginning of something definitive, even though both were at the time with other people. "He would always find where I was working – I moved on to other restaurants, and kitchens, and lots of jobs – he would come in, just appear out of nowhere.