Jessica Joy

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MFA Candidate

Jessica Joy is an MFA candidate at the School of Art and Design. She is an experimenter extraordinaire, and is currently experimenting with glue and glass in her studio practice. She combines art and science to create interactive installations, infect spaces, and prompt a child-like curiosity to all who view her work. Take a look at her blog entitled Ex-posed and Pre-served and her website Jessica Joy Art.

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Tail End

I made it to Florida after a very long week of finishing up my commission for Envision Diagnostic center!

In the last post I left you with images of the sculpture in its round stage. The drawing below illustrates the form that I had at the time, and how I planned to expand it.

I would have continued to build it without a set plan, but when you are doing a commission you have to show them what it will look like when you are finished. Since my studio practice is very process oriented, I do not like to have the final outcome set in stone, but I can produce an estimated shape, so I loosely drew up a sketch of what the outcome would look like.

Then I put the shape into illustrator and made it all clean and professional looking for the client and to have a piece of plastic cut via a cnc router to build on and support the final piece.

While I was waiting for the...

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Building Blocks

The following images were taken from my end of year review presentation. Each image was taken in an effort to document the process and progress of the construction of this series of sculptures.

The first image is one piece viewed from two different angles. I experimented with two different glow in the dark powders (blue and green) to create this glowing effect. The outcome reminds me of the way biomedical researchers use dyes as markers to track different parts of the cell to get a better understanding of their development.

The next stage of development in this series was a collaboration with gravity. I really enjoyed the way gravity changed the morphology of the sculpture, but it was a tough battle and gravity won out. I spent days repairing the weaknesses in the sculpture that gravity revealed. In order to repair an area that was pulling apart ( I wish I had a...

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Are they alive?

I was recently caught off guard during the opening reception of the first year M.F.A. show when I was asked whether or not 'they' are alive on multiple occassions. I had no idea that my audience would be so uncertain of the answer to this question, but I am delighted that they were.

As the weeks have flown by, the generations of my cells have run the gamut from being featured in short videos, the subject of biological photographs, 2D installations, and most recently the building blocks of 3D sculptures.

Since my last blog post I have made 3 videos. Two of them venture outside of the realm of glue in an attempt to satisfy an assignment for my graduate seminar entitled 'Prompt'. I may post a blog in the future if I follow up on this new line of inquiry, but for now I will stick to posting about my cells.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine from the English Literature...

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Sticky Studio Experiments

As it probably says somewhere above the body of this post, I am a first year graduate student. Before I started the program here at the School of Art & Design I asked a few of the M.F.A. candidates if they came here knowing what they wanted to do. Most of them ended up doing something completely different, but I figured I would plan out at least a few projects before I arrived so I could get started right away. Somehow, all the planning didn't seem to do me much good because I ended up back at the drawing board after a few weeks. I came in with installation/sculptural ideas, but I have more experience as a 2D artist, so these ideas never made it off the ground. So in an effort to start to dig into my subconscious and see what I really wanted to make work about, I covered one wall in my studio with paper that I could paint and draw on. I figured going back to my roots would...

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