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  • “I like heads”I like heads

    My Kitchen wall

Jessica Poor

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I am an Art Professional

artist bio

Bay View Urban Artisans Intentional Community
& Fez Monkey Press

Jessica Poor holds a BFA in both sculpture, and printmaking from Bowling Green State University, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude. She holds an MFA from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jessica was the Artist in Residence At the Bay View Book Arts Gallery in 2006-07 and is a founding member of the Milwaukee group Art in Action. Her work is in many private and public collections, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Special Collection Library.

Jessica Is one of the founding members of the Bay View Urban Artisans Intentional Artists Community which operates out of her home and is based on principles of Salon Living, which creates an atmosphere that supports all household members in creative endeavors & development, both personally and creatively.

artist statement

Narratives derived from a dysfunctional childhood drive Jessica's work. She describes herself as having been raised by wolves. Much of her art takes the form of sculpture, or sculptural book-objects that frequently use doll parts, found objects and imagery and sometimes include intimate child-like texts. She calls these works her Surrogates, charging them with the task of taking on her distorted memories and bringing them forth to the world.

Jessica has said that the book, her favored medium, is an especially good forum for her art as books are an intimate medium by their very nature, and must be held and manipulated by the viewer. She hopes her works will be handled, even mishandled. This creates an individual experience for each person.