Roxanne Jackson is a ceramic artist and mixed-media sculptor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her macabre works are black-humoured investigations of the links between transformation, myth, and kitsch. Fascinated with the natural processes of decay and destruction- particularly when in conflict with human systems- Jackson investigates the unconscious mind through its relationship with the animal world, revealing certain truths about the human condition. Preoccupied with the moment of transformation, in particular, when human becomes beast, Jackson’s use of transgressive imagery creates a tension in the work, especially when produced from the medium of clay—with its strong historical ties to comfort and beauty. Mutated creatures, such as the ravenous werewolf are created in the murky depths of our collective subconscious. These images ride the boundaries between animal and human, instinct and reason, the conscious and the subconscious. Comprised of evocative, poignant layers of meaning, Jackson invites the viewer to contemplate what it means to be human, to connect with a deeper side of oneself.
Press for her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Gothamist, Sculpture Center Curators’ Notebook, Beautiful/Decay, ArtSlant, Brooklyn Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The L Magazine, Eyes Towards the Dove, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Ireland, and New Ceramics, among others. She has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Wassaic Project, the Ceramic Center of Berlin, Hunter College, Chashama/chaNorth, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, funded by an NCECA International Residency Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in New York at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, The Hole, Honey Ramka, Lu Magnus, Denny Gallery, Zürcher Gallery, Orgy Park, Regina Rex, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, The Lodge Gallery, 99 Cent Plus Gallery, the Parlour Bushwick, BAM, English Kills, Elijiah Wheat Showroom, the Knockdown Center, BRIC, and Airplane Gallery, as well as at the Satellite Art Show in Miami Beach, FL; the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, PA; the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN, and more. She has shown in China, Portugal, Romania, Canada, and such cities as Mexico City, London, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Brussels and Leipzig. Jackson is the cofounder of NASTY WOMEN, a national/international art exhibition and fundraising project; and Heather Metal Parking Lot, a nocturnal outdoor heavy metal party, held each summer at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY.