Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Lisa Jarrett

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Lisa Jarrett

Portland, OR
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Lisa Jarrett is an artist and educator. She is Assistant Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University. Jarrett exhibits nationally and co-founded/co-directs KSMoCA (King School Museum of Contemporary Art), a museum inside a K-5 public school in Northeast Portland, OR. Her intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings, including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and lenses. She recently discovered that her primary medium is questions.


“I exist and make socially engaged work within the African diaspora, where the desires and limitations of representation are contentious sites. Much of my work contemplates the necessity of imagination as a person whose history, to a fault, is untraceable due to the violence of slavery in the United States and the ongoing attempts at cultural erasure that colonialism demands.”


  • How Many Licks? II (Conditioned #13,763) (detail), 2015/ongoing, human hair, beet sugar, and cellophane on paper, 112 suckers, approx. 5 inches high each, displayed in 2 grids

  • The Treachery of Assimilation (Part 2), 2015, web, human hair, tension, hunger, grace, 18 x 24 inches

  • Imagining Home, 2018, non-archival laserjet print on 20 lb bond paper, 48 x 36 inches

  • Imagining Home—100 Exercises in Empathy (Part 3), 2018, laserjet print on vinyl, acrylic substrate, dimensions variable (10.5 x 10.5 inches per panel)

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.