Natural pearls are formed when a bivalved mollusk, like a clam, launches a defense mechanism against a foreign substance. It envelops the irritant with layers of nacre, creating a beautiful pearl around what was once a dangerous invader.
Like a clam, our days are infiltrated with misfortunes and irritants. Over time, the grace of God envelops our circumstances, and layers of experience and refinement turn them into pearls of joy, faith, hope, and love.
Joyclam is a strand of rare pearls, strung together on my thread of life.
The name comes from an actual typo that appeared in a church bulletin when I was a baby. It became an occasional nickname growing up, and eventually turned into a fitting artistic identity.
In 2016, I found myself infected with Lyme disease, Babesia, and Bartonella. These infections were slow to respond to treatment, leaving me with debilitating symptoms, reduced physical and mental capacity, and bringing my life to a screeching halt. Thankfully it also brought frequent encounters with grace, a deeper relationship with God, and a new view of life, love, and happiness. Along the way I learned health and coping strategies to heal 20 years of clinical depression and break free from pharmaceutical dependence. I'm always a work in progress, but eager to share the journey.
My name is Jessica. I have a B.A. in Art and Art History, and a "Me-hD" in Lyme-MSIDS. Though I prefer globe-trotting, I'm currently parked in the U.S. for long-term maintenance. I spent several years in Hungary and Romania with my Transylvanian husband (who claims he's not a vampire but I have my suspicions). I love Jesus, art, travel, music, and have a big crush on cognitive neuroscience.
This website is my pearl, my art, and my offering.