Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2019-20

(Atlanta, GA)Jessica Blinkhorn

Project Description

Media focuses on beauty and sexuality but tends to only represent able forms. As an individual who is disabled, I find this lack of representation problematic and harmful. Quite frankly, it pisses me off to see a Kardashian with her breasts out on social media while my images are flagged. Who decides who is desired? Does my sexual confidence offend? Should I not want to fuck or be fucked? Does a lack of sexual inclusion harm society? I have touched on these questions in past performances but now want to delve into this topic for a new performance series.

Biography

Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn was born in Austell, Georgia and is a working Artist and Arts Educator in the city of Atlanta. Having received both her BFA and MFA in Fine Arts, Blinkhorn now teaches for her alma mater, Georgia State University, while pursuing her own visual and performative bodies of work. Her visual and performative works are rooted in body positivity and identity advocating for individuals indie disabled and LGBTQ+ communities. Blinkhorn, who is disabled herself, is determined to be a voice for those in her community and be a body that represents self love, determination and thriving beyond expectation. Her performances have been called abrasively comical, educational, emotional, and an honest portrayal of what it means to be living disability.

Blinkhorn has performed at Rapid Pulse and the Bubbly Creek Performance Festivals, Chicago, Illinois: INVERSE Performance Festival, Fayetteville, Arkansas: Art in Odd Places, New York, New York: PASEO Performance Festival, Taos, New Mexico. She has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York and the Artist Fellowship, Inc. in New York.

Images (left to right): 1. Blinkhorn, Gaze, AiOP: Body, New York, NY, 2018, photo credit: Katie Hector. 2. Blinkhorn, Gaze, AiOP: Body, New York, NY, 2018, photocredit: Walter Wlodarczyk. 3. Blinkhorn, Numb3rs, INVERSE Performance Festival, Fayetteville, AR, 2018. 4. Blinkhorn, Graze, AiOP: Body, New York, NY, 2018, photo credit: Walter Wlodarczyk.