Jessi Li


Jessi Li (b.1987) grew up in Jersey City, NJ. They hold an MFA from Hunter College (2019) and a BA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock (2009). Li makes sculpture about the instability existence in glass, clay, and repurposed objects. Their work relates to the body whether through direct figurative depictions or the sculptural reimagining of held objects. Li is interested in the transmutation of material as it relates to the transformation of self, death being the ultimate transition. Their sculptures often contain transnational iconography through pattern and decoration, and tackle themes of fear, protection, comfort, displacement, and intimacy. Li was an artist in residence at Chautauqua School of Art, Pottery Northwest, a fellowship recipient at Pratt Fine art Center, and a post-baccalaureate student in glass at VCU School of Art. Li Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, teaches sculpture at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Greenwich House Pottery. They have shown their work nationally in group and solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Jersey City, NJ, Seattle, WA, Milwaukee, WI, Cape Cod, MA, and Toledo, OH.