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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anne havel replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"i read your post from last year with your diy residency and this thread.  i too come from a family, with one child still at home, the home needs, pets, etc.  i travel a lot to earn a living, but have wanted to find a short-term residency,…"
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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
Nov 6
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Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"I love the idea of the DIY Residency at home. If the DIY Residency program provided a stipend that could be spent for an all purpose "intern" it might be a great help to the artist.  I think an institutional sponsor could provide a…"
Oct 28
Jessica Todd added 2 discussions to the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
Oct 28
Jessica Todd replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"I think there is a lot of value in giving artists time and space with no expectation, and that is what we do where I work - artists come for 5 weeks with travel, housing, meals provided, generous stipend, and we ask for nothing from them - no…"
Oct 28
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Linda's opinion mirror my own."I am so very much on board with this concept. I have considered applying for residencies, but the fact that I need my own tools and equipment to pursue my intended projects eliminates most residency studio…"
Oct 23
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"I have now returned from the ACC Conference and my travels.Is it time yet to apply for a grant "Artist in Residence at home in my studio? Where do I apply?Harriete"
Oct 23
Linda Kaye-Moses replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"I am so very much on board with this concept. I have considered applying for residencies, but the fact that I need my own tools and equipment to pursue my intended projects eliminates most residency studio spaces. Plus disrupting family life…"
Oct 23
Linda Kaye-Moses joined Jessica Todd's group
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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
Oct 23
2Roses replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"No apology needed Harriete. You were expressing a commonly held sentiment. Getting it on the table allowed that perspective to become part of the discussion. At its core, it is the idea that a residency carries with it certain expectations and…"
Oct 20
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"My apologies for the "monkey in a cage" terminology. It seems cavalier. I was thinking of the so called "Artist in Residencies" that are supposed to be visible to tour groups etc. Surely, there are "Artist in Residencies…"
Oct 19
2Roses replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Harriete, in my experience, the two things artists desire more than all else are visibility and validation. Characterizing a residency as a "monkey in a cage" seems a bit ungrateful and probably overlooks the fact that the institutions…"
Oct 19
Jessica Todd replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"I really think it's worth further investigation as well as input from a greater audience!"
Oct 18
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"I could write a post about the issues we are discussing here and give this good visibility."
Oct 18
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Jessica Todd's discussion Redefining the Residency | Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in the group The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists
"Super cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am on board. "
Oct 18

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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.

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