Jessica Marie Mercy, known for her obsession for queer spaces, social justice, and her aggressive LGBTQIA advocacy, is recognized for her exceptional abilities within the medium of printmaking. Jessica Marie Mercy’s prints reflect her ability to spin a visual narrative while, simultaneously initiating dialogues. Mercy’s focus is creating work that immortalizes queer spaces while exploring safer spaces within her queer communities. She has brought printmaking in to all aspects of her life, including capturing moments from Seattle’s vibrant queer nightlife and professionally printing fabrics for a local small business, Bombsheller. While working towards her Associates in Fine Arts from North Seattle College, Mercy exhibited her work at the The Factory, the International Center for Photography, Sole Repair, Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center, North Seattle College gallery, and Alice Gallery in Georgetown WA. Jessica Marie Mercy has been the featured artist in the 5th issue of the Make Space Zine and has been highlighted in City Arts Magazine, the Stranger, the Seattle Times, and FIST.
Mercy won first prize at the City Arts Summer 2017 Seattle Art Walk Awards, for her piece “Pony”. She has received several scholarships including: The John and Mary Ann Mangles Endowed Scholarship, Group Health Endowed Scholarship, and the Seattle Colleges Endowed Scholarship. Jessica has also created scholarships to further the accessibility of fine arts in the LGBTQIA community. Her obsession with community doesn’t stop with queers; Mercy is an active member of Seattle Print Arts, SGC International, and the North Seattle College Art Group. She currently works and resides in Seattle, WA.
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