Broadly, her dissertation is concerned with a response in contemporary art to the ways that photographs, as discrete visual objects and as a set of ideas, have been central to the historical record of the United States. She identifies and assesses a series of concerted efforts in the twenty-first century by Indigenous artists based in North America directed at the continued misappropriation and commodification of nineteenth and early-twentieth century images of Indigenous peoples in the spheres of academia, political policy, mass-entertainment, advertising, and beyond. She focuses on the work of artists specifically employing conceptual approaches to photography as a means to probe and dismantle the distinct historical relationship established between Native North American peoples and the camera.
Jessica received a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2010 and an MA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside in 2014.
MA Thesis: “Picturing Soldaderas: Agency, Allegory, and Memory in Images of the 1910 Mexican Revolution”