Jessica Orzulak

Jessica L. Orzulak is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History specializing in contemporary North American art and visual culture, with special interest in the histories of photography, conceptual art, and eco-critical art practices. Under the supervision of Professor Kristine Stiles, France Family Distinguished Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Jessica is researching for her dissertation titled "Picturing Ecologies: Reassessing the Human/Nature Divide in Contemporary American Art." Her research analyzes artworks by contemporary artists interrogating the concepts of humanity and nature as abstractions that shape worldviews, as well as the oppositional relationship established between them in Western philosophy. It concentrate on artists whose work is concerned with probing the particular history and inheritance of these concepts in the United States, principally in relation to the nations and communities comprising Native America. 

Jessica received a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2010 and an MA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside in 2014.

MA Thesis: “Picturing Soldaderas: Agency, Allegory, and Memory in Images of the 1910 Mexican Revolution”

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