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Jessica Gaynelle Moss is committed to creating and sustaining Black autonomous spaces, addressing intersecting oppressions and fostering opportunities for thriving.

Central to Moss's oeuvre is her exploration of text-based art, a genre that merges visual imagery with language to convey nuanced meanings and provoke thought. Her work challenges historical erasure and asserts autonomy through visual and textual declarations in public spaces. 

Her artwork has been exhibited at  Carnegie Museum of Art,  Brew House Association,  The August Wilson African American Cultural Center,  McDonough Museum of Art,  Carlow University,  Denison Art Space,  The University of North Carolina Charlotte,  Above The Frame Shop,  The Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore,  The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection,  UnSmoke Systems,  The Miller Gallery  at  Carnegie Mellon University  and  PNC Park.

'the Black box test', 2022

Found school desk, reused 2x4's, matte black paint, custom wallpaper, notebooks, ink, individual libraries, all non-Black installation team

the Black box test presents a multidisciplinary conceptualization of Black space, drawing on architecture, oral history and visual theory. Artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss presents a richly layered polyphony that includes a sound installation, thematic illustrations, concept maps, and a series of interactive discussions with Black artists, scholars and experts who are dedicated to cultivating, creating and protecting our shared sacred spaces.

the Black box test examines Black space in a broad cultural context that includes the artist’s own practice-based interpretations, scholarship and personal experience situated alongside the knowledge and expertise of other Black artists, leaders and cultural specialists. 

Things I Tell My Daughter That I Need to Remind Myself, 2021 - ongoing

site specific installation with found chair, graphite, corner

Situated in the corner, previously deemed a site of disciplinary action for children, ‘Things I tell my daughter that I need to remind myself’ offers a moment of relief, support and reflection for mothers.

 

The open chair invites any mother to take a seat and meditate on a guiding principle that they might’ve offered to their own child that they could benefit from receiving: Get Your Balance, Take Your Time, Just Slow Down, It’s Okay To Be Sad, Rest is Best.

This work intentionally disrupts the typical association of the corner with disciplinary action and instead creates a space for personal and private contemplation within a public setting like a gallery or museum.

Raise Free Black Children, 2021 

film photograph and 8 min short

This work speaks to the challenges and aspirations of those who care for Black children. 

Moss frames Raising Free Black Children as an act of resistance and love, emphasizing the need for those who care for the children to navigate their own fears and societal pressures in an attempt to ensure their children's safety, health, and ability to thrive.

 

The work addresses the dual role of protecting children from a world that often marginalizes and threatens them, while also celebrating their ability to experience joy and freedom.