Detail of a portrait taken of my mother in spring 2004 after fighting with a drunk farmer about our llama Don Jose getting into his bean field.
Mommy with gun is a portrait of my mother taken in spring 2004 as part of my eleven-year series “Catastrophe, Crisis, and Other Family Traditions” about my family’s struggle to survive on a small farm in upstate New York.
Jessamyn Lovell (b. 1977, Syracuse, NY) is a visual artist working with photography, video, and surveillance as tools to document her own life experiences making connections between class and personal identity. BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology and MFA, California College of the Arts Lovell lives in Albuquerque, NM where she is currently a Lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at the University of New Mexico. Lovell’s work has been exhibited nationally, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the CENTER Excellence in Teaching Award. Lovell has received international recognition for her most recent work “Dear Erin Hart,” for which she found, followed and photographed her identity thief.