Jessica Lagunas is a NY-based Guatemalan artist. She participated in Pontevedra Biennial, Spain, 2010, El Museo del Barrio’s Biennial, New York, 2007, Tirana Biennial, Albania, 2005, Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador, 2001, Caribbean Biennial, Dominican Republic, 2001, and Paiz Biennial, Guatemala, 2008, 2010. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in 2006 following her participation in the Artist in the Marketplace program, and Jersey City Museum in 2007 and 2010, as well as in different cities in the United States, UK, Italy, Spain, Guatemala, and Venezuela.
Her work was published in the anthology Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women, by the International Museum of Women in San Francisco; and in Arte de las Américas a DVD publication from ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art. She is a 2008 Fellowship recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City. She has been a recipient for 3 years of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s ReGrant Program for Individual Artists.
Based on a previous piece using camouflage fabric — and being inspired by Governors Island’s military past — during the Swing Space residency Lagunas will be working with cutting more camouflage fabric by its solid shapes to give out as souvenirs to visitors. She also intends to create new bodies of work using this material combining it with embroidery.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist