Jackie Hoysted is interested in creating awareness of social and political issues that have personal significance to her such as identity, health, feminism, economy, and religion. Depending on the project, Hoysted articulates her thoughts through paintings, sculpture, photography, videography, performance, and installation utilizing both traditional and non-traditional materials. One of the most important goals of her artistic process is to integrate the audience into the artwork and to no longer relegate them to the role of passive viewer. Hoysted seeks to create opportunities for her audience to participate in various ways.
For example, consuming the artwork in her exhibition Contemplating Candy II revealed hidden messages about our relationship to sugar; or participating in art performances and activism by posing as pope in #Vote4Pope or, in Bodybag, reposing in a body bag and then narrating what might have occurred by filling out a toe tag. Through this interaction, the audience becomes central to the artwork, fully engaged both artistically and conceptually in the art process. Moreover, it creates a symbiotic relationship between the artist and art participator(s), one where the artist initiates the opportunity for dialogue through the medium of art, but where both learn from one another and consequentially each becoming enriched through this interaction.
Hoysted is a native of Ireland, currently residing in Bethesda, Maryland. She has a degree in computer science from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a fine arts degree from the George Washington Corcoran College of the Arts & Design, Washington DC. She has had multiple solo shows of her artwork throughout the US and has been featured in several publications, including: the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Express, the Gazette, the Washington City Paper, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and the Richmond and Baltimore Examiners’. The digital media author Scott Ligon selected her artwork for inclusion in his book The Digital Art Revolution. She has been awarded several Individual Artists and Scholars Grants from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Vermont Studio Center and has attended artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, 2014 Cill Rialaig, Ireland 2015 (also forthcoming 2018), and the Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland 2016.
She is the the founder of Countdown Temporary Artspace and co-founder of ArtWatch, a Washington DC collective that aims to to develop ways to use the power of visual communication to express their support for values, such as inclusion, tolerance, equality under the law, and stewardship of the environment. Hoysted is a board member of and the visual arts curator for Solas Nua, an Irish organization that promotes contemporary Irish culture in the Washington DC area.
View images from Hoysted's 2017 BoxHeart Exhibition, Conflicted.