Senior Spotlight: Jacquelyn Johnson

Posted on March 27, 2020

Photograph of Jacquelyn Johnson with a plant behind her

Next up in our new Senior Spotlight series is Jacquelyn Johnson!

Briefly describe your artist practice.
In many ways, I am a sincere documentarian. I tell stories through image and text. I am interested in the networks of labor involved in both making and viewing. I borrow from bureaucratic arrangements of information to assert that these simple and often regional stories have been carefully recorded and formatted to persist. I am beginning to explore this body of work in more intuitive ways.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently adapting previous work into books and virtual forms.

How has your artistic practice changed since you started working entirely from home?
Since keeping a practice entirely from home, the greatest change has been to my sense of time and ability to pace myself. I have been able to spread out, slow down, and act in an intuitive way that I hadn’t when I was concerned with making work at a finer scale. I am indulging in an open-endedness that I had not allowed myself before.

Daughter of Warm Parents, digital still from a thermal security feed / You Do Not Need Seashells to Hear the Ocean, kitsch objects (resonant cavities) collected from homes in Pittsburgh, PA, variable dimensions