A longtime Fort Worth resident, Jessica Fuentes is both an artist and art educator. She received a BA in Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2004 and an MA in Art Education from the University of North Texas in 2013. She is a former member of 500x Gallery, co-founder of ACT (Artists Coming Together) United, and associated with The Mother Load Project’s community of artists.
Jessica is the Manager of School & Community Outreach at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art where she leads the teaching team overseeing experiences for students and teachers, cultivates learning partnerships with local organizations to reach diverse audiences, and integrates work with local artists into educational opportunities within the museum and in the community. Formerly, she was the Manager of Gallery Interpretation and the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art. Jessica worked for three years as an Adjunct Professor of Art at Tarrant County College and four years as a Middle School Art Teacher. In her down time she can usually be found with her daughters enjoying an art museum or making art in their home studio.
My Only Homeland/La Única Tierra Donde Reside Mi Casa
My Only Homeland or La Única Tierra Donde Reside Mi Casa is a chronicle of travels with my daughter across the United States of America. Each work of art consists of multiple layered photographs reminiscent of a cascading photo album. When viewed in person, these layers are slightly transparent, revealing portions of the underlying photographs.
When I first began to travel with my daughter it was in defiance of those who told me that as a mother my life would not be my own anymore. Though, more and more I am seeing our travels as a political act. We travel throughout America because this is our home, because this land holds the stories of our past, present, and future. The act of traveling to and experiencing different parts of America instills in us both a sense of familiarity with and belonging to a land where too often we are viewed as outsiders.