Jessie Hemmons - Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist

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03/02/2021 Added
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Jessie Hemmons - Interdisciplinary Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist 02/24/2021 Jessie Hemmons completed her Master's degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology in 2011 from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a psychotherapist for a short time and has spent most of her professional career as a behavioral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Jessie started yarnbombing in 2011, covering urban objects with knitting in downtown Philadelphia. She began making these knitted installations to show the feasibility of using more diverse mediums in street art, thrust passersby out of their everyday urban experience, and improve accessibility to art in the community. Soon taking on the moniker ishknits, she gradually expanded her installations and began taking on a more overtly political tone. She used yarnbombing as a way to shine a light on issues related to feminism, misogyny, and interpersonal violence. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Encyclopedia Britannica. She has produced commercial piecesfor companies like Target, Lyft, and Free People. Her work has been displayed in galleries and museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia International Airport.

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