Jessica Bell is a mixed media artist and contemporary ceramic sculptor based in Dallas, TX. Her work focuses on themes of feminism, identity, and the paradoxes of adulthood from an intersectional lens. Growing up as a black child with white parents in a small rural town in upstate New York, Bell navigates multiple spaces and identities throughout her work.
Using coded visual language, her objects are rarely what they seem – often containing surprising subtexts and histories that reflect her own journey towards reconciling her multiple identities. Bell’s work is visually arresting, playful, seductive, and sumptuous in its use of materiality. Bell seeks to subvert and comment upon the expectations of black female art in America.