“Dear Erin Hart,: Live”

Surveillance 12 (smoking), 2013
from "Dear Erin Hart,"

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

“Dear Erin Hart,” manifested as a body of work when I found out that a woman named Erin Hart committed a dozen crimes in the San Francisco Bay Area using my driver’s license as her ID. I retraced her crime spree, documenting relevant places and interviewing witnesses in an effort to piece together what happened while building a portrait of her. Earlier this year I hired a private investigator to help me track her down and then photograph her release from jail. I have been following her periodically taking film and video of her routines in an attempt to build a clearer portrait of her, and in turn of me. I began this pursuit as an attempt to use photography to exact a sort of revenge on this woman and what I am discovering is, as in most of my other work, I seem to be revealing more about myself than I might ever learn about Erin Hart. I am in the process of developing a series of performances in which I interact in a variety of ways with my identity thief in the style of some of Miranda July’s live performances using video and narrative story telling. My attempt to understand the woman who stole my identity will be explored by myself in these short, intimate one-woman acts.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Jessamyn Lovell (b. 1977, Syracuse, NY) is an artist and educator currently living in Albuquerque, NM. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Her art practice integrates a combination of digital and traditional photography in combination with a variety of other media to examine personal narrative and the imperfections of day-to-day life. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally, is in numerous public and private collections, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Aperture Portfolio Prize. Her work has also gained recognition and support from Light Work, The Richmond Art Center, The Museum of Forward Thinking, CENTER and SF Camerawork.

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