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Roxanne Jackson

Roxanne Jackson


My work blazes a new path to reinvent craft and disrupt historic ceramic sculpture. By approaching ceramics from many different directions, using a variety of materials and techniques, I exploit this medium; I question conventional notions of beauty and utility — while finding beauty in the unexpected. Often drawing from traditional and functional objects — such as vases, lamps and candle holders, I imbue these sculptures with my distorted mythology. Birthed from this uncanny lore, these metamorphic and psychedelic “mystery objects” escape a single unified narrative. They are created through an exploration of form, by sculpting mashup compositions, extracting traits from both highbrow and lowbrow culture and maneuvering heat and fluxed glaze. There are collisions of nature and fantasy, utility and absurdity, the playful, the ironic and the grotesque.

These sculptures are created through a series of ceramic practices that mimic geology, as clay morphs from a malleable material into a hard one. The firing process, adding an element of heat, further parallels metamorphic rock formation. Glaze is applied and fired, melting and crystallizing onto the surface, like igneous rock. Deviant forms are reinforced by vibrant, lustrous glazes — achieved through layering surfaces and multiple kiln firings. This sublime relationship between the natural world and ceramics has informed the imagery of my sculptures; these shapeshifting forms evolve and unfurl, revealing gems once hidden. Conglomerate-like animal heads are cut in half to reference a geode. They transform into something else — like a head that petrifies and crystallizes over time, morphing into a mineral, a fossil or a pearl. The interiors of these flayed heads are an amalgamation of decorative elements, geometric shapes and alien-like textures; they seem otherworldly.

In my series 'Monster Paws,’ these mammoth hands are separated from their bodies; absent is the rest of the figure and with no head in sight, the viewer is forced to imagine the rest — perhaps the paw belonged to a Sasquatch, a giant mermaid, or some unnamable beast? These monstrous claws reek of civilization with their excessively manicured nails — French tips, rhinestone-encrusted, gold-lustered or glittery. Like the tempting hand of a witch holding a juicy apply, these paws draw their subject closer with enchanted objects like a slug, a handful of magic mushrooms, or a slice of partially eaten birthday cake.


Roxanne Jackson is a ceramic artist and sculptor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her macabre works are black-humored investigations of the links between transformation, myth and pop-culture. Press for her work includes The New York Times, The New Yorker, The LA Times, Juxtapoz Magazine, Hyperallergic, Forbes, Metal Magazine, The Huffington Post, Artnet, The Observer, Gothamist, Whitehot Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Cool Hunting and Ceramics Monthly, among others. She is the recipient of residencies at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (NE), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), Wassaic Project (NY), PLOP (UK), Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts (ME), the Ceramic Center of Berlin (Germany), funded by a Jerome Project Grant, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen (China), funded by an NCECA fellowship. Jackson has exhibited widely, showing her work in exhibitions at DUVE Berlin Gallery (Germany), Cob Gallery (London), Anonymous Gallery (Mexico City), Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami), Garis and Hahn (LA), Kunstraum Niederösterreich (Vienna) and Untitled Art Fair (Miami Beach) with Richard Heller Gallery. She has recently shown her work in New York City at venues including The Hole, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Ortega y Gasset Projects, SARDINE, Underdonk, Honey Ramka, Regina Rex, Dinner Gallery and SPRING/BREAK Art Fair. She recently had works in the exhibition “Friends and Friends of Friends” at the Schlossmuseum in Linz, Austria, and “Double Vision” - a two person show at The Hole. Jackson recently had several works on view in Design Miami and Untitled Art Fair, in Miami Beach, Florida (2021). She looks forward to a solo show at The Hole this fall (2022).


  • 2004 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln—NE; MFA. Graduated with honors.
  • 1996 - Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA—BS: Botany, Studio Art Minor. Graduated with honors
  • 2022 - TBA, (Solo Exhibition), The Hole, New York, NY (forthcoming)
  • 2021 - Unholy Ghosts, (Two Person Exhibition with Max Maslansky), JEFF, Marfa, TX (forthcoming)
  • 2021 - Double Vision, (Two Person Exhibition with Caroline Larsen), The Hole, New York, NY
  • 2021 - Afterlife, Lefebvre & Fils Gallery, Paris, France (forthcoming)
  • 2019 - Karma, (Two Person Exhibition with Oli Epp), DUVE BERLIN, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018 - Flame Throwers, (Two Person Exhibition with Shannon Goff), Elijah Wheat Showroom, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2017 - Nocturnal Lights, (Two Person Exhibition with Robin Kang), Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2017 - Mother, (Two Person Exhibition with Julia Oldham), Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR (catalog)
  • 2016 - Close Encounters, (Two Person Exhibition with Chris Held), Beverly’s, New York, NY
  • 2016 - Under The Sea, (Solo Exhibition), Thomas Hunter Project Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
  • 2015 - Dark Crystal, (Two Person Exhibition with Kevin Curran), Reservoir Art Space, Queens, NY
  • 2014 - Lord Have Mercy, (Solo Exhibition), Boehm Gallery, San Marcos, CA
  • 2013 - Death Valley, (Solo Exhibition), Airplane Gallery, Bushwick, NY
  • 2013 - Blonde Ambition, (Solo Exhibition), Linfield Gallery, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
  • 2012 - The Precious Object, (Solo Exhibition), Thomas Hunter Project Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
  • 2011 - Monster, (Solo Exhibition), Artcite: Artist Run Center for the Contemporary Arts, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 2010 - Blindsight, (Solo Exhibition), Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2010 - Whale Ocean Disco Party, Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2009 - We Believe in Something, (Solo Exhibition), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (catalog)
  • 2022
  • Earth Oracles, Maytens Projects, Toronto, Canada
  • 2021
  • Design Miami, with Room 57 Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
  • Untitled Art Fair, with Ndr Nw Mgmt, Miami Beach, FL
  • Nature Morte, The Hole, New York, NY
  • Fairyland, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 100 Sculptures, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY
  • Interconnected, John Wolf, Los Angeles, CA
  • Magic Touch, Dinner Gallery, New York, NY
  • Country Comes To Town, Sharon Space Gallery, Sharon, CT
  • Heat Wave, Room 57 Gallery, New York, NY
  • Roaring Back, Curated by Space2Curate, Core Club, New York, NY
  • Dreamscapes, Curated by Tom Kotik, Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY
  • Plant Teacher, Tillou Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)
  • 2020
  • Friends of Friends of Friends, Curated by Oli Epp, Schlossmuseum, Lent, Austria (catalog)
  • NADA FAIR 2020, with Lefebvre & Fils Gallery (Paris, France), online fair
  • Chapter One, Room 57 Gallery, New York, NY
  • Magic Edge, Presented by Tillou Fine Art, Troutbeck, Amenia, NY
  • Smile Pretty, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
  • No Time Like The Present, online exhibition, Public Gallery, London, UK
  • 2019
  • Untitled Art Fair, with Richard Heller Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
  • Fur Cup, Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock, Curated by Kayla Fanelli, 123 Astronaut, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Mushroom Show, Sardine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Spiritual Art Advisory, Curated by Caroline Larsen and Sarah Potter, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY
  • Shadow of the Gradient, Curated by Clare Britt, Ortega y Gasset Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (catalog)
  • Queer & Peculiar Craft, Clemente’s Abrazo Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2021 - Artist in Residence, Lefebvre & Fils Residency, Paris, France (forthcoming)
  • 2019 - Artist in Residence, The Shigaraki Ceramic Sculpture Park, Koka City Shiga Pref, Japan
  • 2019 - Artist in Residence (invited), PLOP Residency, London, UK
  • 2018 - Artist in Residence (invited), Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL
  • 2017 - Artist in Residence, Ceramic Center of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 - Artist in Residence, Hunter College, Ceramic Department, New York, NY
  • 2014 - Finalist, In Practice Open Call Exhibition, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
  • 2014 - Artist in Residence and Fellowship, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
  • 2013 - Artist in Residence, Chashama: ChaNorth, Pine Plains, NY
  • 2012 - Artist in Residence, NCECA* International Residency, The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China
  • 2011 - Emerging Artist Fellowship and Residency, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens, NY
  • 2006 - Artist in Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NEi>
  • 2021
  • JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE, “What Comes After: A Group Show @ The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY,” by Sasha Bogojev, December 30, 2021
  • METAL MAGAZINE, “Roxanne Jackson: The Vulnerable Beasts Tampering With Tradition,” by Vanessa Murrell, March 26
  • ARTS IN SQUARE, Artist Interview: Roxanne Jackson, June 2021
  • 2020
  • SLAYER, Flecker Gallery (online exhibition), SCCC Long Island, NY, Catalog Essay by Paddy Johnson
  • CERAMICS MONTHLY, “The Body, The Object, The Other,” by Kay Whitney, Pgs: 46, 51, November Issue 2020
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES, “Coronoavirus Closed Craft Contemporary’s Biennial, But It Can’t Stop Our Love of the Art,” by Leah Ollman, March 14, 2020
  • 2019
  • COOL HUNTING, “Miami Art Week 2019: Opulent Artwork,” by Katie Olsen, December 10, 2019
  • FORBES, “Roxanne Jackson’s Rock ’n Roll Sculptures Signal A New Era For Ceramics,” by Nadja Seyej, September 20, 2019
  • THE NEW YORKER, “Goings On About Town: Fur Cup,” by Andrea K. Scott, October 24, 2019
  • ARTMAZE MAGAZINE — ANNIVERSARY EDITION #15, Curated by Brigitte Mulholland, Pgs. 120-121, London, UK
  • FLOORR MAGAZINE, “Roxanne Jackson (interview),” by Sonja Teszler, October 24, 2019
  • 2019 - Faculty Professional Development Grant, Faculty Association, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY
  • 2014 - Queens Arts Council Grant for Individual Artists (DCA), Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY
  • 2013 - Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
  • 2012 - Strategic Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
  • 2012 - NCECA International Residency Fellowship, The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China
  • 2011 - Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY
  • 2011 - International Travel Grant, SUNY Oswego, NY
  • 2011 - Presidential Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
  • 2010 - Jerome Ceramics Artist Project Grant, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2009 - Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MI
  • 2019 CounterPointe, Collaboration with choreographer Mari Meade, Curated by Norte Maar, Actors Funds Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2018 - Maake Magazine Issue #8, Co-Curator with Shannon Goff
  • 2018 - Review Panelist, Wassaic Project Winter Residency, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
  • 2018 - Heather Metal Parking Lot - V, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
  • 2017 - NASTY WOMEN Exhibition (the inaugural exhibition), Co-Founder, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
  • 2017 - Heather Metal Parking Lot – 4: Revenge of the Heathers, Immersive field party, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
  • 2016 - Heather Metal Parking Lot – Part 3D, Immersive and collaborative field party, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
  • 2019
  • Visiting Artist and Workshop, Ohio University, Ceramic Department, Athens, Ohio
  • Visiting Artist, SUNY New Paltz, Art Department, New Paltz, NY
  • Visiting Artist and Workshop, Dension University, Art Department, Granville, Ohio
  • 2018
  • Visiting Artist and Workshop, University of South Florida, School of Art and Art History, Tampa, FL
  • Visiting Artist and Workshop, San Diego State University, School of Art and Design, San Diego, CA
  • Visiting Artist, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, Nasty Women Conference UK, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
  • Visiting Artist, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Panelist, Scofflaws Lecture, NCECA* Conference, Portland, OR
  • ARTSY, New York, NY
  • ARTSPACE, Curated Artist Site, New York, NY
  • MOMA PS1 Studio Visit, Queens, NY
  • ART AXIS, An Independent Network of Ceramic Artists
  • BRIC, Artist Registry, Brooklyn, NY
  • ACCESS CERAMICS, A Contemporary Ceramics Image Resource, Portland, OR

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