Artist Agenda

JESS HOOKS work seeks to solve problems and create inquiry into the arrangement of objects in space.  She explores using a variety materials & styles to create situations and opportunities where both the mind & the body are being engaged.  She investigates the instances where the intersections of personal identity and broader culture create social change. Those are the big ideas.  On a practical level, she spends her time trying to make garments fit impeccably. She sources materials that are often discarded and unloved. She is inspired by popular culture, stretching the span of human civilization, but seems to often gravitate towards the period that falls sometime between the industrial revolution and WWII, with dabblings in the dark dungeons of 70s & 80s nightlife. Then she puts it back together in a package that’s accessible, aesthetically pleasing, fun, participatory, and ideally inspirational.