INVESTIGATIONS OF SUBURBIA

After living abroad from 2008 to 2009, I returned home to view my upbringing through an entirely new lens; I had gained a distinct comprehension and criticism of the world from which I came. I began to search for a sense of belonging, purpose, and larger cultural identity in the expanse of vapid, pristine subdivisions of my hometown. I turned my focus to the structures of suburbia – the homes, the fences, the cul-de-sacs – to examine how those structures seep into our subconscious and affect our modes of thinking and living, and how our humanness seeps back into them.


Cul-de-Sacs installation by Jessica Todd


Cul-de-Sacs installation by Jessica Todd


Cul-de-Sacs installation by Jessica Todd


Cul-de-Sacs installation by Jessica Todd


Cul-de-Sacs installation by Jessica Todd


Cul-de-Sacs installation by Jessica ToddCul-de-Sacs, cotton, flour, water, 7" x 9½ to 14" x 5½" (individual houses), 2012-2013


8 Exterior Color Choices for the Countryside Subdivision dresses by Jessica Todd


8 Exterior Color Choices for the Countryside Subdivision dresses by Jessica Todd


8 Exterior Color Choices for the Countryside Subdivision dresses by Jessica ToddEight Exterior Color Choices for the CountrySide Subdivision, dyed cotton, 19" x 36" (individual dresses), 2013


Detritus sculpture by Jessica ToddDetritus, organza, upholstery tacks, unused remnants of other works, 20" x 12" x 8", 2012-2013


It's a Great Neighborhood sculpture by Jessica ToddIt's a Great Neighborhood, cast plastic, spray paint, flocking, concrete, copper, brass, acrylic sheet, 1¾" x 5" x 10", 2013


Good Fences box by Jessica Todd


Good Fences box by Jessica ToddGood Fences, copper, cast resin, turf, painted wood, wooden toys from my mother, 4½" x 4½" x 2", 2010


Suburbanite's Reliquary locket by Jessica ToddSuburbanite's Reliquary, brass, driveway asphalt, glass, silver, nickel silver, 2" x 1" x ½" (locket), 2011


Suburban Growth photo by Jessica Todd


Suburban Growth photo by Jessica Todd


Suburban Growth, digital prints (SLS, glass, paint, flocking, skin), 2013


Untitled Tracings drawing by Jessica Todd


Untitled Tracings drawing by Jessica Todd


Untitled Tracings drawing by Jessica ToddUntitled Tracings, graphite on vellum, 2013

Traces Gulf Reliquaries brooches by Jessica ToddTraces


A Lineage book by Jessica ToddA Lineage


Perilous Home performed Jessica ToddPerformed Houses


Suburban Growth Series Jessica ToddSuburban Growth Series


Family Trees Attachment to Place brooch by Jessica ToddFamily Trees


Reclaiming the Souvenir Modern Woman ring by Jessica ToddReclaiming the Souvenir


Little Boxes Lipscomb locket by Jessica ToddLittle Boxes


Cul-de-Sac sculpture Jessica ToddInvestigations of Suburbia


Embroidery and Etching Modernisme brooch by Jessica ToddEmbroidery & Etching