Jessica DuPreez was born in Summit, New Jersey in 1991, and raised in Orlando, Florida from the age of 7. She received her BFA in 2013 with dual degrees in Fine Art and Art History from Florida Southern College and her MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2021 from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her practice explores themes such as healing from body shame, performing beauty as a survival mechanism, and gender based sexual violence in both the public and private spheres. In her most recent work, DuPreez is investigating the semiotics of lips and butterflies as a way to subvert gendered clichés and critically examine performative gender. DuPreez lives and works in Chicago, IL. She has exhibited at various institutional, private, and public venues, including the Melvin Art Gallery in Lakeland, FL; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; SNEHTA in Athens, Greece; and has shown in Chicago, IL with: Terrain Exhibitions, the Hairpin Arts Center, the Research House for Asian Art, and Woman Made Gallery.
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