Dot Jackson (née Vile, b. 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist from Philadelphia, PA.

She works with fiber, construction material and artist books to investigate themes of the body and the home. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, most recently in NYC, England and Iceland. Dot is a founding member of Mouse, an artist-run gallery in Detroit, MI. She earned her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She currently lives and works in Detroit, MI.

Artist Statement

If my studio practice was distilled to one word, it would be dreamhouse.

I construct installations and sculptures that create psychological sites about the home. My body is the space from which I gauge these sites.  As I work, I tap into my own capacities, strengths and weaknesses. My process is both contemplative and improvisational. I sit with material before acting upon it.

I create work in space using traditions such as sewing, bricklaying, and bookbinding. I combine the rough and delicate, like concrete and silk, which probes at physical and poetic tension. Domestic material like bedding, interior paint, and cinder blocks become transcendent symbols loaded with meaning.

Bodies and houses serve as sites of shelter and protection, fraught with vulnerability. When I work, I meditate upon spiritual questions so that the act of making becomes a prayerlike release.

What images nudge through in dreams, memory, longing, and heartache? How does a relationship become an environment? When does the body become a place? I am interested in specific and universal responses to these questions. 

Like bone to skin, I seek out a way to join inside and outside, providing a space to examine our human existence.

While I process the ineffable, I dwell on what I know by heart.