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Jessica Bell is a mixed media artist and contemporary ceramic sculptor based in Dallas, TX. Her work focuses on themes of feminism, identity, and the paradoxes of adulthood from an intersectional lens. Growing up as a biracial child with white parents in a small rural town in upstate New York, Bell navigates multiple spaces and identities throughout her work.

 

Using coded visual language, her objects are rarely what they seem - often containing surprising subtexts and histories that reflect her own journey towards reconciling her multiple identities. Bell’s work is visually arresting, playful, seductive, and sumptuous in its use of materiality. Bell seeks to subvert and comment upon the expectations of black female art in America.  

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Artist Jessica L. Bell

Bushel of Heads

Bushel of Heads 9x13x14 inches Ceramic & Metal Bushel of Heads is a commentary on the school to prison pipeline. “Long-range capital construction for prison is based in point on third and fourth grade reading [scores]” Wayne McDevitt, North Carolina State school board member. The baby heads are displayed in metal school locker baskets. These bars symbolize jail bars with the black and brown baby heads below looking out. The majority of the heads are black and brown, representing prison...