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Owner/Artist at Pumpkinhead Printshop in Baltimore, MD.

Full time Professor, Curator, and Department Coordinator at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD.

Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Supervisor at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

I enjoy traveling, science fiction, heavy metal, and all things Halloween.

 

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Printmaker, Winters Mill grad, back home as exhibit curator at Carroll Community College (Carroll County Times)

 

Please contact me for sales info, collaborations, commissions, or general inquiries:

jessihardesty@gmail.com

Artist Statement

An anxious mark maker, I fixate on characters, objects, and stories that explore melancholy, longing, and escapism. Masked figures, fictional characters, and other manifestations of persona intermingle and appear repeatedly in my graphic works and drawings. I am interested in the tension between reality and fantasy and in the contemporary curation of persona. Living in a digital world, it becomes harder and harder to untangle and uncover the true narratives behind the performative behaviors rooted in our superstitious past. I reconcile myself with my creations via the ritual labor of carving and printing, further exacerbating their physicality in an increasingly ephemeral world.