Jessica Todd
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  • Sanibel, FL
  • United States
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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Sanibel, Florida
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Rauschenberg Residency
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I currently work as the Residency Coordinator for the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, while continuing my studio practice at home. I received my MFA in Jewelry/Metals from Kent State in May 2014, where I taught undergraduate courses for three years in Intro to Jewelry/Metals, Jewelry Concepts and Techniques, and CAD for Jewelry.
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metals, textiles, CAD

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Artist's Statement

I am an observer and a maker. My work is a reflection of the world as I perceive it and therefore takes on a narrative quality. I have always been most articulate visually, and the physical process of making facilitates the examination of my initial observations as a kind of therapeutic research method. Working in contemporary craft, primarily metals and jewelry, carries a tangible, familiar quality that allows me to speak intimately about the human experience.

After a year living abroad from 2008 to 2009, I returned home to view my upbringing in the American suburbs through an entirely new lens; I had gained a comprehension and criticism of the world from which I came that I had never experienced before. I began to see the structures of suburbia not just as passive bystanders to our lives but as active propaganda regulating our thoughts, principles and actions.

My recent work addresses the conformity and constriction of the American suburbs. The body becomes the site for recontextualization and reconstruction of the forms and structures of suburbia; they are a part of our subconscious, a pervasive and fundamental framework through which we interpret the world and live inside of it. This body of work calls the viewer to reevaluate these familiar and seemingly innocuous forms – they transform to become cultish, parasitic, restrictive, and burdensome. I seek to reveal the quiet mantra of American housing pulsing over our landscape as a calculated enforcement of the preordained values of self-sufficiency, homogeneity, private enterprise, and the single family unit. Our homes become containers for our humanness under the inconspicuous guise of choice, individuality, and democratic freedom.

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MFA Student Interview Series | Kimmie Pledger

MFA Student Interview Series | Kimmie PledgerKimmie Pledger received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State in 2014. She is now in her second year at Bowling Green State University working toward her MFA in Jewelry and Metals. Tell us about your work.Latex gloves are the foundation of my current exploration of…See More
Jessica Todd added a discussion to the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists

MFA Student Interview Series | Kimmie Pledger

MFA Student Interview Series | Kimmie PledgerKimmie Pledger received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State in 2014. She is now in her second year at Bowling Green State University working toward her MFA in Jewelry and Metals. Tell us about your work.Latex gloves are the foundation of my current exploration of…See More
Jennifer Dewey liked Jessica Todd's discussion MFA Student Interview Series | Call for Entries
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Jessica Todd added a discussion to the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists

MFA Student Interview Series | Sarah Loch-Test

MFA Student Interview Series | Sarah Loch-TestSarah Loch-Test received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State in 2007. She is now in her third year at East Carolina University working toward her MFA in Metals Design. Tell us about your work.I work with metals and enamels, typically making jewelry. One of my…See More
Sep 21
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The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists

This blog is intended as a guide for potential and current MFA students, focusing on those in the craft disciplines. It will primarily focus on tips for prospective students, but will also address the needs of those currently working toward their degrees. By sharing my own experience, articles I find and interviews I conduct, I will work to offer guidance to studio artists who may be nervous to start the journey alone so that they can have the same phenomenal opportunity and experience that I…See More
Sep 21
Jessica Todd added a discussion to the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists

MFA Student Interview Series | Call for Entries

Dear Readers,I hope that during my hiatus the articles in this blog have continued to be a valuable resource. I am now ready to roll out a project I’ve had in mind for quite some time – the MFA Student Interview Series. While I will continue to research and write on a variety of topics, I would now like to bring in new voices – that of current MFA students – because every experience and prospective is unique.I’ve begun by reaching out to students I’ve met at various events, and will continue…See More
Sep 20
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Jun 23
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May 4
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Tales From the Tool Box - Chapter Two

Thank you for viewing this on-line exhibitionThis exhibition is a showcase for narrative work.I would like to personally thank all the makers who took the time to submit work for this on-line exhibition. Image Left: DualityMaker: Younha JungImage Credit: Kathleen BrowneSee More
Jan 21
Jessica Todd posted photos
Oct 7, 2014
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Instill - Material Matters 2014

  INSTILL-material matters “The year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  Hal Borland The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University presents the thesis work by students of the MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products course. The show celebrates the achievements of a group of exceptionally diverse individuals, with each piece on display offering an unexpected adventure through material that…See More
Oct 6, 2014
Jessica Todd joined Brigitte Martin's group

Co:Operation GARNISH

Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making! Arriving at this message is the goal of this exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
Aug 22, 2014
Jessica Todd and Ely Greenhut are now friends
May 12, 2014
Linda Threadgill and Jessica Todd are now friends
Apr 29, 2014
Jessica Todd commented on Melissa Cameron's blog post I went to: Kent State!
"We so enjoyed having you! Your precision and insight from an architectural standpoint was so helpful and I loved hearing about your work."
Mar 25, 2014

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At 7:05am on December 5, 2014, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and continued support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through January 15, 2016.
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At 10:38am on August 26, 2013, Melis Agabigum said…

Thanks! Good luck to you too on your final year/Thesis! 

At 7:33pm on June 3, 2012, Renee Zettle-Sterling said…

Hi Jess,

Your images and work look amazing!.  I love the locket and seed piece on the black background.  Works really well for that piece.  I had the most wonderful time with you and the other students at Kent.  I feel so grateful that I got the opportunity to meet you.  Keep me posted!!  Warmly, Renee

At 4:22pm on April 16, 2012, Masako Onodera said…

Hi Jessica,

It was nice meeting you as well! Thank you for coming to Akron.

Good luck on your semester and have a productive summer!

At 12:16pm on April 14, 2012, Stephen Yusko said…

Good to meet you and the Kent State grads. I'll look forward to following your work.

At 10:24am on January 14, 2012, Bifei Cao said…

Thanks, all these are past. I bet you will get them soon!!!! Good luck with your school everything.


At 6:57pm on January 10, 2012, Bifei Cao said…

Wahhh, great work, you are doing very well at there. good luck, Jessica

At 5:49am on January 8, 2012, Brigitte Martin said…

Hello jessica,

Welcome to crafthaus, the network for fine craft artists and those who support them! I am very glad you joined us! Your crafthaus membership is valid through January 15, 2013.

Please look around and add your thoughts to the groups, blogs and discussions. Crafthaus is a participatory sport!

Please note that ALL images sent to the website editor are vetted to assure a measure of overall quality control. Unlike other image sharing websites, crafthaus is not a "free-for-all". Our members present their work in front of an educated and critical audience (their peers,) so the photos have to be GREAT. Our goal is to show our members' work in the best possible light. From the many images received daily, we aim to post as many as possible. Crafthaus heartily encourages comments from the membership, however, with regard to photos posted or not, we have a strict "NO WHINING" policy in effect! 

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