Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring 2018 Jessica Lagunas

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Jessica Lagunas

Bronx, NY
Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient (2014)
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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.


“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.”


  • 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

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

  • Hair Weave #2, 2016, human hair, silk thread, yarn, and brass rod, approx. 47 x 7 inches 

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.