JACQUELINE BELL JOHNSON
Jacqueline Bell Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She traveled west to attend college, majoring in Jewelry/Metal Arts at California College of Arts and Crafts, then earning her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Upon graduation, she proceeded to organize, curate, and exhibit a string of pop-up shows under the guise LGT! (short for “Let’s Get This!”), a venture that continued through 2015. Bell Johnson’s work centers on craft and gendered labor with visual influences from biology and architecture. It is her firm belief that process is concept and that the specific actions of making imbue the work with meaning. The legend of the vagina dentata exists throughout the work, often as a mediation on form, both referencing and reflecting society’s utilization of female as power and weakness, and of her own personal struggles with her body and her health.
Projects of note include the collaboration The Butterfly Effect with artists Snezana Petrovic and Takeshi Kanemura with performances, exhibitions, and talks that spanned venues across Japan and southern California; solo installation Defeated/Deflated at Human Resources Los Angeles which served as the set/backdrop for an opera by Dorian Wood, and several large works included in Man Made at Brand Library, and a solo exhibition Violet Hour at Bunny Gunner Gallery debuting her digital photography. A much anticipated solo installation will be on view at The Little Gallery of San Bernardino in late September.
Bell Johnson lives, works, and makes out of her home studio in Rancho Cucamonga, California which she shares with her partner, kids, dogs, and a cat. Known for her installation and sculptural work, she also works in digital photography, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Her latest work is a merging of tech and traditional art methods to explore perception. She has served as art faculty at Norco College and Crafton Hills College, and is a contributing writer for the online publication ArtandCakeLA.com.
Check out her current explorations and written musings on Instagram: @jackiebelljohnson