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Jessica Stoller, 2020
Photo by Alex Berliner

Jessica Stoller, 2020
Photo by Alex Berliner

Working in the realm of figurative sculpture, Jessica Stoller (b. 1981) mines the rich and complicated history of porcelain, harnessing its links to power, desire and taste. Synthesizing the cultural, historical, and corporeal notions of the female body, Stoller expands the feminist visual vernacular and makes space for subversion, defiance, and play. For Stoller the ‘grotesque’ becomes a powerful tool to challenge patriarchal power structures, as female figures flaunt what they are told to hide, reveling in their own pleasure and abjection. Stoller lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been reviewed, in such publications as The New York Times, Artforum, The Guardian, Hyperallergic, and Ceramics: Art and Perception, among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA; Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY; Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL; Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY; Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, among others. She has had solo exhibitions at P·P·O·W, New York, NY; Hionas Gallery, New York, NY; and The Clay Studio, PA. A 2016 Pollock-Krasner grantee, 2013 Peter S. Reed grantee, and 2013 Louis C. Tiffany nominee, Stoller has also participated in residencies such as the Museum of Arts and Design's Artist Studios Program, the Kohler Arts & Industry Program, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts' Artist in the Marketplace Program, among others. 

JESSICA STOLLER      

b. 1981, MI
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION 

2006    
M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2004    
B.F.A. (Honors) College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2020    
Spread, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2014    
Spoil, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2012    
Lend Me Your Eyes, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

2011    
New Work: Jessica Stoller, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2021    
With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Beyond the Looking Glass, curated by Zuzanna Ciolek, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA
Clay Pop, curated by Alia Williams, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY
Surface is Only a Material Vehicle For Spirit, curated by Kennedy Yanko, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL
The Shoo Sho, curated by Julie Curtiss, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY

2019    
Ceramiques Gourmandes, curated by Olivier Castaing, Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France

2018    
Pageant of Inconceivables, curated by Portia Munson and Katharine Umsted, The Kleinart/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY
C’es le Bouquet, Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France

2017    
Gut Feelings, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA

2016    
Strange Genitals, The New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY
LIFEFORCE, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York, NY
The Woman Destroyed, curated by Anneliis Beadnell, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
NY, NY: CLAY, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2015    
AIM: 35 Years, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Gallery, New York, NY
Configured, NYFA Fellowship Finalist Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, New York, NY

2014    
Sargent's Daughters, New York, NY

2013    
Perceptive Pleasure: Jessica Stoller & Robert Raphael, Jane Hartsook Gallery, NY

2012    
Year One, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

2011    
Reconstruct/ Deconstruct History, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Fresh Figurines: A New Look at a Historic Art Form, curated by Gail M. Brown, Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
Chain Letter, curated by Christian Cummings & Doug Harvey, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Bronx Calling: First AIM Biennial, curated by Jose Ruiz & Wayne Northcross, The Bronx Museum of the Arts & Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

2010    
The Duck and the Decorated Shed, NUTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Drifting Away, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Worlds We Live in, The Worlds We Create, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Main-Lining-Ceramics, Main Line Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
To Die For, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008    
Site: Crashing Chelsea, 520 W 23rd Street, New York, NY

2007    
Fantasy World, Brooklyn Artist Gym, Brooklyn, NY

2006    
Nest, Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale, MI
Daimler Chrysler Emerging Artist Exhibition, Berlin, Germany

2005    
Actual Size Biennale, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2004    
Here Comes the Sun, Commonwealth Contemporary Art Gallery, Detroit, MI
New Work: Mike Smith and Jessica Stoller, New Museum of Modern Art Annex Space, Pontiac, MI

2003   
Actual Size Show, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Centrifuge: Tony Hepburn Collaboration, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 

Kohler Company, Kohler, WI
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 

2016    
Carrigan, Margaret. “Putting Art in the Culinary Arts”, Blouin Art Info, October 18.
Worley, Sam. “Huckleberry Muffins and Male Gaze Macarones in an Arty New Cookbook,” Epicurious, October 11.
Furman, Anna. “Male Gaze Macarons featured in the Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook,” The Guardian, October 11.
Garrett, Natalie E. “The Artists’ and Writer’s Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes,” Powerhouse Books.
Harris, Jane. “The Delicate Monster: Recent Work of Jessica Stoller,” Detroit Research Journal, Vol. 2, September.

2015    
Welch, Adam. "Jessica Stoller at PPOW," Ceramics: Art & Perception, Issue #99, March.

2014    
Sutton, Benjamin. "Best of 2014: Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows That Weren’t in Brooklyn, " December 24.
Steinhauer, Jillian. "Uncovering the Feminine Grotesque," Hyperallergic Blog, February 6.
Wilkes, Rob. “Just Like a Woman?,” We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine, January 22.
Prentnieks, Anne. “Artforum Critics’ Picks: Jessica Stoller,” Artforum, January.
Colucci, Emily. “Rococo Raunch: Abject Femininity and Porcelain Provocations,” Filthy Dreams Blog, January 11.
Rudick, Clarke. “What Are Little Girls Made Of? Jessica Stoller at PPOW,” Opening Ceremony New News Blog, January 10.
“SFAQ Pick: ‘Spoil’ solo exhibition by Jessica Stoller at P.P.O.W, New York,” San Francisco Arts Quarterly, January 9.
Frank, Priscilla. “10 Gorgeously Grotesque Sculptures That Prove Being a Girl Can Get Nasty,” Huff Post Arts & Culture, January 8.
Galperina, Marina. “Horrifying Poly-Boob Sundae, A Feminine Ceramics Art Show,” Animal New York, January 6.

2012    
Cemblast, Robin. “What a Short, Strange Miami Trip It’s Been,” Art News, December.
Maliszewski, Lynn. "Form Over Function," On Verge, CUE Foundation Blog, April 4.

2011    
Friswell, Richard. "Fresh Figurines: Politically Provocative and Deeply Personal, Universal Themes Explored in Clay," Artes Magazine, December.
Copeland, Collette. “Jessica Stoller: New Work, Ceramics: Art & Perception,” Issue #85, September.
Johnson, Ken. "Learning about the Marketplace and Entering It," The New York Times, August 2011.

2010    
Larkin, Daniel. “Is Ornament a Crime?” Hyperallergic Blog, October 13.
Cercone, Katie. “Aesthetics of Addiction," N. Paradoxa, Vol. 26, p. 84-91, July.
"The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create Review," The L Magazine, March.

2006    
Mazzei, Rebecca. “Mutant Scribe” Metro Times Detroit, June.

2005    
Sousanis, Nick. “The Last Show at Commonwealth," thedetroiter.com, July 2.

2004    
Tourtillot, J.E. Suzanne. “500 Cups: Sterling Publishing”

RESIDENCIES & SEMINARS

2012    
The Museum of Arts and Design, Open Studio Program, Resident Artist, New York, NY

2011    
Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Resident Artist, Kohler, WI
Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

2010    
The Museum of Arts and Design, Open Studio Program, Resident Artist, New York, NY

AWARDS & GRANTS

2016    
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2014    
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Craft/Sculpture Finalist

2013    
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Biennial Award Nominee
Peter S. Reed Foundation, Grantee/Sculpture

2006    
Daimler Chrysler Emerging Artist Nominee

2005    
Pauline Hepburn Memorial Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

VISITING CRITICS/LECTURES

2012    
University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2008    
Portland State University, Portland, OR

2007    
Monmouth University, Monmouth, NJ
California State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Jessica Stoller Untitled (crown), 2021

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (crown), 2021
porcelain, glaze, china paint, wood
24 x 16 x 2 ins.
61 x 40.6 x 5.1 cm

Jessica Stoller Bloom, 2019
Jessica Stoller Bloom, 2019
Jessica Stoller Bloom, 2019
Jessica Stoller detail of Bloom, 2019
Jessica Stoller detail of Bloom, 2019
Jessica Stoller detail of Bloom, 2019
Jessica Stoller Bloom, 2019

Jessica Stoller
Bloom, 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint
16 x 60 ins.
40.6 x 152.4 cm

Jessica Stoller Breastplate, 2019

Jessica Stoller
Breastplate, 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint, lustre
17 1/4 x 13 x 9 ins.
43.8 x 33 x 22.9 cm

Jessica Stoller Untitled (mirror), 2019

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (mirror), 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint, lustre, wood
29 x 24 x 3 ins.
73.7 x 61 x 7.6 cm

Jessica Stoller Untitled (floral bust), 2019

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (floral bust), 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint
12 x 12 x 10 ins.
30.5 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm

Jessica Stoller Untitled (weave), 2015

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (weave), 2015
porcelain, china paint, lustre
12 x 5 x 6 ins.
30.5 x 12.7 x 15.2 cm

Jessica Stoller Untitled (crown), 2021

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (crown), 2021
porcelain, glaze, china paint, wood
24 x 16 x 2 ins.
61 x 40.6 x 5.1 cm

Jessica Stoller Bloom, 2019

Jessica Stoller
Bloom, 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint
16 x 60 ins.
40.6 x 152.4 cm

Jessica Stoller Breastplate, 2019

Jessica Stoller
Breastplate, 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint, lustre
17 1/4 x 13 x 9 ins.
43.8 x 33 x 22.9 cm

Jessica Stoller Untitled (mirror), 2019

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (mirror), 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint, lustre, wood
29 x 24 x 3 ins.
73.7 x 61 x 7.6 cm

Jessica Stoller Untitled (floral bust), 2019

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (floral bust), 2019
porcelain, glaze, china paint
12 x 12 x 10 ins.
30.5 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm

Jessica Stoller Untitled (weave), 2015

Jessica Stoller
Untitled (weave), 2015
porcelain, china paint, lustre
12 x 5 x 6 ins.
30.5 x 12.7 x 15.2 cm