Jessica Tamar Deutsch (http://www.jessicatdeutsch.com/) is a Brooklyn based visual artist. Her work explores the pulse of ancient tradition within contemporary culture. She earned her BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design, where she began her first published book, The Illustrated Pirkei Avot. Deutsch’s work is the response of following curiosities, and a longing for meaning to hold on to. Deeply inspired by the Jewish Renewal movement, much of her work attempts to respond to the idea of ritual being a different experience for each of our ancestors, how can we welcome newness into our spiritual practices too in order to create a personal relationship with The Divine?
Deutsch has participated in the Art Kibbutz residency program, the LABA fellowship at the 14th st Y, & was included in The Jewish Weeks 36 under 36 in 2018.
Deutsch has experience working with young adults at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, in Simi Valley, California. In the summer of 2016 she instructed a month long studio workshop for twenty participants to tap into their unique visual art expression. She has worked at The New Shul with middle school students, where she taught a visual art Jewish study class in 2014-2016. Deutsch has been invited to communities and conferences globally to share her process and development of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot.