Jessica Todd
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  • Sanibel, FL
  • United States
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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Sanibel, Florida
Place of Work ? Example: Studio, College, Gallery, Museum, ...)
Rauschenberg Residency
I am a .... Example: Student, Maker, Educator, etc.
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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http://JessToddStudio.com
What media do you work with?
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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Jessica Todd replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Yes, and meals! The artists who are selected to come here are very fortunate, that's for sure."
Dec 23, 2015
Jessica Todd replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Yes, so true! I hadn't thought of the craft schools! Yes, I think that is a completely untapped resource that would benefit attendance numbers for the schools. They would be getting two+ people's tuition for the "price" of…"
Dec 23, 2015
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Brigitte and Jessica, I often thought that a Artist in Residency should include a cleaning lady and babysitter. How amazing that Residency Coordinator at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. provides child…"
Dec 23, 2015
Brigitte Martin replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"It is really good that you bring up the need for childcare, Jessica. I agree, this is an often overlooked but extremely important part of a residency program. When my kids were little, thankfully, my husband was super supportive and stayed home. Of…"
Dec 23, 2015
Jessica Todd replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Brigitte, thank you so much for your thoughtful response. At the Alliance of Artists Communities conference I met so many administrators going through the exact same thing - they are passionate about helping others to receive the magical formula of…"
Dec 23, 2015
Jessica Todd replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Harriete, thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I agree that it is nearly impossible for a lot of people to do a residency, myself included due to my full time job. It is a shame because it can be such a life changing experience to have…"
Dec 23, 2015
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"I think this is a wonderful idea. Even if you can't take 11 days residency at home, there may even be one hour a day or like Brigittethat can be your "at home artist in residency. " This may be a departure from the article, but I have…"
Dec 22, 2015
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Brigitte Martin replied to Jessica Todd's discussion DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"You hit the nail on the head here. I too have heard from many teaching artists that they cut their own creative time short in order to help others' to follow their creative pursuits. Working a 7AM-10PM day job myself (at least that's how…"
Dec 14, 2015
Jessica Todd added a discussion to the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
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DIY Artist Residency: In Residence at Home

I work full time as the Residency Coordinator at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Seven times a year I watch a group of wide-eyed artists arrive with brainfuls of possibilities, work intensely for five weeks, and emerge at the end marveling at all they’ve achieved and reflecting upon a life-changing experience. It’s fulfilling, inspiring, and the very thing that makes my job more than a desk job. But,…See More
Dec 14, 2015
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MFA Interview Series | Gaelin CraigheadGaelin Craighead received a BFA from Louisiana Tech University in 2013. She is now in her third year at Florida State University working toward her MFA in Studio Art. Gaelin's website: http://www.gaelin-craighead.com/Tell us about your…See More
Nov 6, 2015
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MFA Student Interview Series | Erin Cora Turner

MFA Student Interview Series | Erin Cora TurnerErin Cora Turner received two BFAs from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Jewelry & Metalsmithing and Photography in 2013. She is now in her third year at University of North Texas working toward her MFA in Metalsmithing & Jewelry. Erin's website: …See More
Nov 1, 2015
Jessica Todd replied to Jessica Todd's discussion MFA Student Interview Series | Eric Adams in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Thanks! Eric gave great responses, and that's my favorite quote from him as well! Gallery installation is such a great skill to have and something I would love to learn more about as well in the future."
Oct 25, 2015
Brigitte Martin replied to Jessica Todd's discussion MFA Student Interview Series | Eric Adams in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Love that fortune cookie idea, Harriete. So true, very good advice. We all work differently towards our goals and deadlines, but someone asked me once if I knew what the "5 P's" were and the response stuck with me since: "Prior…"
Oct 24, 2015
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion MFA Student Interview Series | Eric Adams in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Very thoughtful interview. Thank you to both Eric Adams and Jessica Todd. I think that the working in the gallery would be a fantastic  and important experience. Recently, I had work in two different exhibitions, and attended both for the…"
Oct 24, 2015

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At 9:47am on December 23, 2015, Brigitte Martin said…

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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.

Best

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…

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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.

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"Happy to See You, Too", 2016
16" X 12" X 9"
Materials: PLA, acrylic, plastic, oil paint, recycled reflexology/yoga mat
Technique: 3D printing, assemblage

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