Carol Jackson’s (born 1962) signs, sculptures, gouaches, and drawings use common, everyday styles to let loose the grandiose morality within the picturesque languages and visuals of advertising. Her work is a bitterly humorous send-up of the demands and promises commercial representations make for goods, be they detergent, food, or real estate. Jackson’s practice collectively poses tough and damning questions of our complicity with commercial signs and the epic narrative of desire, fantasy, belonging, and otherness the signs evoke.
Her exhibitions include group shows at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, and solo exhibitions at Illinois State University, Normal, IL, and Changing Role-Move Over Gallery, Naples, Italy. Jackson received an Artadia Individual Artist Grant in 2002 and a Roger Brown Residency from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006.