Jessica Serran holds an MA in Transformative Art from John F Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA and a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Currently based in Prague, she works as an artist, guide and psycho-cartographer, creating paintings and interactive social projects, while supporting other artists in becoming the artists they’re here to be.
As a psycho-cartographer she has been found among Latino Day Labourers and residents of Oakland, California asking questions about place and personal experience; creating dialogue between artists and their audience at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids Michigan; and exploring identity and place in the land of her ancestors – the Czech Republic. Her most recent project, Field Guide to the Czech Psyche, examines the points where history, culture, nationality and identity in a post-communist landscape converge in the psyche of its people.
Her approach to ethnography has been called revolutionary. Recently named a Leader of the New Cool in Prague, she has exhibited and published her work in the Czech Republic and throughout North America, and been featured in Art 21, Lidové Noviny, expats.cz and The Prague Post.
Supporters of her work have included the Ontario Arts Council, the Arts and Theatre Institute of Prague, CESTA – the Cultural Exchange Station of Tábor, CZ – the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a myriad of backers through a highly successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that helped bring the Field Guide to the Czech Psyche to press.