American, b. 1972, Springfield, Massachusetts, based in Los Angeles
Interview conducted on May 10, 2005 for the 2008 documentary film Beautiful Losers.
Johanna Jackson was born in 1972 in Springfield, Massachusetts and currently lives and works in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She creates objects that are simultaneously recognizable yet transformed beyond utility; her rugs are hooked by hand, and a grandfather clock stands rendered in clay and frozen in time. The scale of her work is purposefully sized for the body or the home, as though she’s drafting a proposal for a weirder way of living. She tunes an antenna towards the universe, and listens for the mysterious. She has exhibited internationally including “Money on Fire,” a video commission for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her work has also been exhibited in group shows at the Oakland Museum of California; Marlborough Gallery, New York; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; among others.