Jessica Todd
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  • Sanibel, FL
  • United States
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Jessica Todd | Contemporary Craft

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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.
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.
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 Brigitte Martin's discussion Final Post: Misconceptions, Questions Answered, Difficult Situations, Best Moments, Final Thoughts - Melanie's viewpoint in the group Crafthaus goes to ... ACC Baltimore 2016
"I think 'poor economy' was reason enough to explain falling sales a decade ago (back when I was a young gal breaking my first saw blade), but I don't think that can explain it anymore. We are definitely in an economic upturn. I'm…"
May 19
Jessica Todd commented on Brigitte Martin's blog post Glenn Adamson on New York and London’s Distinct Museum Cultures
"I love the holistic overview of the advantages and disadvantages of a system driven by capitalism/private collectors vs. civic property/"gatekeepers." Very insightful."
May 6
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Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry

In this crafthaus blog, I explore the intersection between gender and jewelry with a three-prong approach: interviewing artists who do not shy away from words like “gender issues,” “feminism,” and “sex”; analyzing the work of said artists and the reach of their work via questionnaires; and reinvigorating conversation about gender in jewelry by putting together an online exhibition.See More
Apr 27
Jessica Todd replied to Brigitte Martin's discussion (6) Sales, Suggestions and Final Thoughts - Laura’s viewpoint in the group Crafthaus goes to ... ACC Baltimore 2016
"Being a customer in Laura's booth sounds like such a joy! I like the idea of giving everyone the same kind greeting/attention and then reading them from there. All of this has been very informative. Thank you, Brigitte, for your awesome…"
Apr 25
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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
Apr 1
Jessica Todd replied to Brigitte Martin's discussion (2) The Thing About Booth Display - Brigitte's viewpoint in the group Crafthaus goes to ... ACC Baltimore 2016
"Bahahaha! I might be packin $350 next year, so... watch out! I'm glad you agree on pricing! No matter how much money you have (or don't have), you're going to have to ask, and it's always awkward and uncomfortable.  Another…"
Mar 14
Jessica Todd replied to Brigitte Martin's discussion (2) The Thing About Booth Display - Brigitte's viewpoint in the group Crafthaus goes to ... ACC Baltimore 2016
"Aside from all of the excellent commentary about the aesthetic considerations of a booth, I want to applaud you for mentioning customer interaction. When reading your question at the top about a memorable booth that drew you in, the first booths…"
Mar 13
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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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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 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.

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