Wessels has developed into an autonomous/ documentary photographer who prefers to delve deeply into a subject over a long period of time. Her subjects often serve as a framework for investigating the diverse social situations in which people find themselves.
Jacque Maria Wessels was born in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands, and presently lives and works in Amsterdam. Wessels started her photographic career in 1981 in Brussels where she worked for two years as an assistant for a renowned photography studio. After Brussels, Wessels moved to Amsterdam where she studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy between 1985 and 1990 in the photography and drawing department. During her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Wessels did an exchange program at the Quicksilver Place Academy of Arts in London, focussing on painting/drawing. Eventually photography proved to be the best medium for Wessels to express her ideas, nevertheless her photographs often possess a painterly beauty.
While studying Social Psychology (2004-2007) at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam Wessels travelled all over the world to discover new social surroundings.
Currently Wessels is working on the project ‘Garage Stills’. For this series she is looking for traditional car repair garages all over the world. She is fascinated and intrigued by the shapes and colours of the mysterious, to her completely unknown objects she discovers in this wonderful men dominated world. With the found attributes she created still lives on the spot, which she captures with an analogue camera. Wessels is always looking for new forms to tell her story. In her investigations she makes use of portraits, city scenes, landscapes and montages.