SPA Scholarship Recipients
Jessica Marie Mercy
My identities cannot exist in isolation; they are a reflection of the many spaces I inhabit. Through repeating imagery I examine femme invisibility and identity while challenging traditional visual stereotypes. I think of my investigation into queer spaces as a gesture of preservation and reverence, creating a dialogue around the complexities they hold. This exploration manifests itself across the print, digital and ceramic mediums, with each piece influenced by my dysphoria, radical queer political views, and identity performativity as well as how that performance is received. Creating accessible, relatable fine art for my communities is the driving force behind my continual making and is a continual wellspring of inspiration.