Jessamyn Lovell | Self Portrait (blonde wig)
Archival digital print | 2017
Artist Jessamyn Lovell is pursuing her private investigator’s license, using photography and performance to draw attention to social and cultural power dynamics. "D.I.Y. P.I." (Do It Yourself Private Investigator) is the moniker for her most recent collaborative project through which she invites people to deeply consider their own experiences and embrace the power that comes with discovering and telling one’s own story.
Lovell’s story traces her examinations of privacy and narrative to question where truth meets fiction.
Jessamyn Lovell’s work has been recognized internationally, is found in a wide range of public and private art collections, and has received several awards, including the internationally known Aperture Portfolio Prize. Dear Erin Hart, was the subject of stories on Money.com, This American Life and The Today Show, and was named as one of the Best Photo Stories of 2015 by Wired Magazine. Her book Dear Erin Hart, released in May 2015 by San Francisco Camerawork, was a finalist for the 2015 GuatePhoto Book Award and nominated for the 2015 Paris Book Award.