Born in Seattle in 1959, Jessica Stockholder is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist whose unpredictable, colorful, and dynamic works have transformed public art spaces across the globe.
Stockholder strongly believes in the importance of context, especially in her site-specific installations: “In all of the work I place something I make in relationship to what’s already there. With installations it’s the building, the architecture, or you might say it’s the place that I work on top of; with the smaller pieces I work on top of or in relation to stuff that I collect…Form and formal relations are important because they mean something; their meaning grows out of our experiences as physical mortal beings of a particular scale in relationship to the world as we find it and make it.” Her works grapple with a range of themes including pleasure, conscious and unconsciousness, and the heterogeneity of life, and they challenge the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and environment, urging the viewer to question where art physically belongs and how it functions in various spaces.
Jessica Stockholder is the Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at Dia Center for the Arts, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; P.S. 1, New York; SITE Santa Fe; the Venice Biennale; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among others. She works and resides in New Haven, Connecticut.