Jessica Stockholder USA, b. 1959


Jessica Stockholder is an internationally acclaimed visual artist and educator who lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her public artworks have been commissioned by museums, municipalities, and corporations around the world.


As an artist, Stockholder is inspired by the relationships she perceives between colors and objects in her everyday visual environment. Her work employs the visual strategies of painting, sculpture, and installation—though it also resists the limitations such terms imply. Another word sometimes used to describe what Stockholder does is “assemblage,” though that term is also not quite sufficient. Assemblage artists perceive of consumer products, manufactured objects, and industrial materials—the cast-off physical residue of human civilization—as artistic objects in themselves, or as artistic mediums equally valid as paint, stone, or glue.


Stockholder utilizes “readymade” articles along with traditional artistic mediums, but not in an attempt to make just an object. Rather, she creates a human experience by formulating three-dimensional pictures in space, which interact in unpredictable ways with the environments they occupy. Whether working on a small scale, such as creating an assemblage that will hang on a wall, or a massive scale, such as creating a sculptural installation that extends from inside a building to the outside, Stockholder explores a larger concern: people’s perception of their visual surroundings, and how that perception relates to feelings of chaos and control.


Whether working on a small scale, such as creating an assemblage that will hang on a wall, or a massive scale, such as creating a sculptural installation that extends from inside a building to the outside, she is exploring a larger concern: people’s perception of their visual surroundings, and how that perception relates to feelings of chaos and control.


Recent exhibitions of Stockholder's work include Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matters, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Denver Art Museum, CO, USA; Beyond the Pale: Material Possibilities, Neuberger Museum of Art, NY, USA; Jessica Stockholder: Your Skin in this Weather Bourne Eye-Threads and Swollen Perfume, Dia:Chelsea, NY, USA; Jessica Stockholder: Flooded Chambers Maid, Madison Square Park, NY, USA and the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman grant, and Smithsonian Lucelia Artist Award. Stockholder’s work is in the permanent collections of LACMA, The British Museum, London, the Art Institute of Chicago, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Saatchi & Saatchi Collection, London, AlbrightKnox Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and many others