Jessica Winton MFA

Jessica Winton is a practicing sculptor based in Halifax, NS. She holds an interdisciplinary MFA from NSCAD University, and often works as a prop builder in the Film & Television industry. She leads workshops with all ages of students, and enjoys learning with them.
An advocate for art in the public realm, Winton creates performative/sculptural installations to provoke civic engagement on socio-political issues. Her recurrent experience as a prop builder in the Film & Television industry has influenced her atypical approach to material usage. Having recently attained an MFA from NSCAD University, she continues to investigate the role of the citizen artist in the public spheres we occupy following Joseph Beuys’ theory of the importance of sculpture’s relationship to the social. Similarly, her practice aims to unwind public ambivalence through common metaphor and intriguing illusion via upcoming works.
She brings her 20-year involvement as an artist in the north end Halifax community to her current role as President of the Board of Wonder’neath Art Society, whose vision is a neighbourhood deeply connected through the arts. Wonder’neath believes in the transformative powers of art for individuals and communities, and aims to demystify the role of artists in society through creative leadership, collaborative projects, hands-on art programs, and partnerships.
She has recently developed a year round community garden with St. Joseph’s A MacKay Elementary students and staff, alongside food security programming, and communal meals in the school.
She has curated more than 30 exhibitions, many through the Hydrostone Art Gallery and the Uncommon Common Art Project in Kings County. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues, from traditional art galleries, to parades, outdoor venues and unsanctioned installations. She has presented her artwork and academic writings in several conferences in Canada and abroad. Her studio is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia though her projects often carry her off into the streets, woodland and open fields.