I am an artist, and I am a soul.

This blog is a way to share my art with the world. If you’re interested in purchasing a piece you like, I am very easy to contact via email! (jojo.j.art@gmail.com–I’m friendly and don’t bite.)

This blog is also a way for me to share my thoughts on art with the world.

 

This blog is not really about my identity in non-art-related ways.

However, since you’re curious and clicking on the “about” section, I’ll oblige. (I must warn you, thinking about an artist’s identity too much is like getting to know a therapist or a magician too well–sometimes it’s great, but sometimes it ruins everything. It’s not too late to stop reading and just go look at the art.)

My name is JoJo. I live in Boston, but I’m from Northern California and Northern Nevada. I have seasonal depression. I work in higher education, and I’ve always been passionate about trying to save the world by teaching students to write.

I’m female. Sometimes people label me “femme.” Gender performance intrigues me, but I don’t feel my gender to be as essential to my core identity as being an artist. I’m married, monogamously so. This has not always been the case in my life. My partner identifies as genderqueer. She was assigned female at birth. I don’t feel labels like “queer” or “femme” or “lesbian” define me or my art, but feel free to disagree.

I find labels like “queer,” “femme,” and “lesbian” important politically, and I think it is important to be grateful for our radical legacy–it is important to continue the struggle. But that is about political identity, and this post is about artistic identity.

I think it is important to wrestle with class privilege. I went to college and graduate school. I worked minimum wage jobs for years. I am white in America, of Eastern European Jewish descent. I devote my day job life to helping empower educationally underserved students of color. I think we need to change the world. I don’t have all the answers.

I am married to a rabbi. I am actively engaged in Judaism. I find the spiritual and cultural traditions I have inherited fascinating and inspiring. I think the rights of all oppressed peoples are extremely important, and I have deep seated issues with most of the actions of the Israeli army these days. I also have deep seated issues with most of the actions of the United States army. Also many police actions. Also, I respect soldiers and police officers and fire fighters and EMTs and florists and custodians and customer service representatives and elephants and ants and sparrows and oak trees and basically everything else one can name. Atoms. Nebulae. Icicles. Etc.

I contain multitudes.

I am an artist, and I am a soul.

 

 

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