"Whether working in photography, mixed media, or narrative writing, my work explores the concepts of time, memory, and repetition. Often these ideas are examined through the display of photographs using transparency or vinyl to layer, and consequently, distort images physically. In duo means two, the process and repetition of carrying out an idea over fourteen years and across a variety of locations relate directly to the themes of my work. The images in this series capture pairings of everyday items from both outdoor and interior scenes. At first glance, the work seems to present the mundane coupling of objects. As the viewer spends time with the images, the repetition of paired items evokes the complexities of personal relationships."
A longtime Fort Worth resident, Jessica Fuentes is both an artist and an art educator. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas with a full Academic Achievement Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Performance (2004). She received a Master’s in Art Education with a Museum Certification from the University of North Texas (2013). Fuentes is a former member of the F6 Gallery Collective and 500x Gallery and is associated with The Mother Load Project’s community of artists. She has exhibited her work consistently in the DFW area, and in 2016 her solo show Tree House Divided was noted as one of the Top 5 Exhibitions of the year by Fort Worth Weekly.
As an art educator in classrooms and museums, Fuentes has been a strong advocate for local artists. She developed and implemented the C3 Visiting Artist Project at the Dallas Museum of Art. Currently, she is the Manager of School and Community Outreach at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art where she implemented the Carter Community Artist initiative. She is an artist-in-residence at Tarrant County College, South Campus. Though much of her passion and work is focused on her local community, in 2017, she served on the Education Planning Committee at the Smithsonian Latino Center, and in 2019 she was named the Representative-elect for the Western Region of the Museum Division of the National Art Education Association. In her downtime, she can usually be found with her daughters enjoying an art museum or making art in their home studio.