biography

Jessamyn Lovell (b. 1977, Syracuse, NY) is an artist, educator, and licensed private investigator using photography, video, performance, social practice, and surveillance as primary tools to weave truth and fiction into narratives based on her life experiences. Holding a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from California College of the Arts Lovell lives in Albuquerque, NM where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Art Department at the University of New Mexico. Lovell's work has been seen internationally, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the CENTER Excellence in Teaching Award. She is currently a Fellow at the UNM Center for Teaching and Learning studying the connection between activism and higher education. Lovell's work on No Trespassing (where she documented the process of surreptitiously following her estranged father from 2007-2010) and Dear Erin Hart, (for which she found, followed and photographed her identity thief from 2011-2014) led her to obtain her private investigator's license. She is currently integrating her skills as a private investigator into her artistic practices as an ongoing conceptual art piece called D.I.Y. P.I. (Do It Yourself Private Investigation).

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