Joan Mitchell Center

Jessica Lagunas

Bronx, NY
April 9 – May 4
Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient (2014)
Multidisciplinary artist
➔ jessicalagunas.com

“Experimenting with non-conventional paint—lipstick, nail polish, and mascara—I question our obsession with body image and standards of beauty by playing along with women’s beauty rituals, performing them in exaggerated ways.”

Jessica Lagunas is a New York-based Guatemalan artist. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Everhart Museum (PA), the Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, DC), the International Festival of Contemporary Arts–City of Women (Slovenia), the Jersey City Museum (NJ), Bronx Museum (NY), among others; and in biennials including Pontevedra (Spain), El Museo del Barrio (NY), Tirana (Albania), Cuenca (Ecuador), Caribbean (Dominican Republic), and Paiz (Guatemala). Lagunas is a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient (2014) and a Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Grantee (2016). She has received fellowships from the Urban Artist Initiative and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and has been awarded residencies in New York City from El Museo del Barrio, Wave Hill, the Center for Book Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Governors Island, and Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace.

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Serie “Por siempre joven” (“Forever Young” Series)

Serie “Por siempre joven” (“Forever Young” Series)

2004-present, artist’s gray hair, black silk, and embroidery hoop, frame 10 x 10 inches each; hoop 6 inches diameter

#42 from “Forever Young” Series (Detail)

#42 from “Forever Young” Series (Detail)

2014, artist’s gray hair, black silk, and embroidery hoop, frame 10 x 10 inches each; hoop 6 inches diameter

”Abuela, madre, hija” (Grandmother, Mother, Daughter)

”Abuela, madre, hija” (Grandmother, Mother, Daughter)

2005, 13 inches long (braid 3 inches) x 0.5 inches width

“Para verte mejor” (The Better to See You With)

“Para verte mejor” (The Better to See You With)

2005, video-performance, single-channel digital video, 57 minutes 37 seconds

Hair Weave #1

Hair Weave #1

2016, human hair and silk thread, 11 x 22 inches approx.

Hair Weave #2

Hair Weave #2

2016, human hair, silk thread, yarn, and brass rod, 47 x 7 inches approx.

“Hermanas”/ “Sisters”

“Hermanas”/ “Sisters”

2017, 20 x 10 inches approx., 2-part weave; 4 inches of woven hair each side

Pin Loom Hair Weave Series

Pin Loom Hair Weave Series

2016, artist’s gray and dark hair, silk thread, and brass rods, self-portraits using individual hairs that are woven on a pin loom using a needle.

Upper Left: Pin Loom Hair Weave #1, 2012, artist’s gray and dark hair, silk thread, and brass rods, 3.75 x 5 inches.

Upper Right: Pin Loom Hair Weave #2, 2012, shifu, artist’s dark hair, silk thread, and brass rods, 3.75 x 3 inches.

Lower Left: Pin Loom Hair Weave #3, 2016, artist’s gray hair, silk thread, and brass rod, 4 x 3.5 inches

Lower Right: Pin Loom Hair Weave #4, 2016, artist’s gray and dark hair, silk thread, and brass rod, 4 x 6 inches.