I am a sculptor, photographer, and performance artist with a fondness for six pack rings and toy soldiers. My work focuses on human experience and the intersection of their relationships to each other; their environment; and the reciprocity of that relationship. I am obsessed with the flash in the pan, the inexhaustible pleasure, and the endless high of what we call pop culture. I’m interested in the mechanics of how ideas, images, people, etc become popular and how long that duration is. The things that survive, like artifacts will become our culture thus leading to the equation pop = immediacy / culture = longevity.

– Jess Lauren Lipton




B.F.A. – The College of New Jersey 2007
New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study 2002 -2003
Selected Exhibitions

2017 Handled Gallery 263, Cambridge MA (Upcoming)

Hey Baby (Nest Performance) New Fruit, Portland, ME

 My Body is Your Body is Everybody is Nobody Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland ME

 Radical Presence PortFringe, Portland, ME

 Landscaping for the Post Atomic Age Temp to Perm, Portland, ME

 Touch Me/Wash Me Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA

2016 Touch Me/Wash Me TEDxDirigo Dissonance, Portland, ME

  Touch Me/Wash Me Maine Youth Conference, Lewiston, ME

   Nest Sacred & Profane, Peaks Island, ME

   Huh (in lights) Hallowell, ME

   Modern Intimacy & Pop Feminism Oak Street Lofts Gallery, Portland, ME

   Touch Me/Wash Me New Fruit, Portland, ME

2015 Modern Intimacy Masonic Temple, Portland, ME

  Cloud Sacred&Profane, Peaks Island, ME

2014 Dinner @ Eight Butch Voices Conference, San Francisco, CA

  Isobel TCNJ Alumni Show, Ewing, NJ

2013 Touch Me/Wash Me 3 Fish Gallery, Portland, ME

  Sensory Circus Meg Perry Center, Portland, ME

  Create Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2012 Edges of Vision 3 Fish Gallery, Portland, ME

  Seeking Wonderland (chess set) Governor’s Island, NYC

  Seeking Wonderland Sylvia Kania Gallery, Portland, ME

  Plasticitis Strain SP 1 The Thought Lot, Shippensburg, PA

  We Conjure Tornadoes The Dooryard Art Collective, Portland, ME

2011 (dis)orientation The Dooryard Arts Collective, Portland, ME

  Touch Me (My Skin Will Keep You) 21 Rooms,Nevada Motel; York, ME

  Ravage Me Until I Can’t Breathe Anymore Sylvia Kania Gallery, Portland, ME

  Obsessive Tendencies (Sommes Nous….) Sylvia Kania Gallery, Portland, ME

2010 Obsessive Tendencies (Fortress) Sylvia Kania Gallery, Portland, ME

  Obsessive Tendencies (Mea Culpa) Sylvia Kania Gallery, Portland, ME

  Souviens Toi video – Rouges Gallery event; Portland Maine



  • Artist/Owner Pop Killed Culture
    • Create large scale immersive experiences through performance and sculpture
    • Currently focused on physically interactive performance work and sculpting with recycled six pack rings.
  • Program Manager at L/A Arts
    • overseeing Art Walk LA’s expansion and connection to the diverse Lewiston Auburn Community of Franco heritage and African Refugees
    • implementing interactive public art experiences to bring the community together through the arts.


  • Program Assistant at Creative Portland
    • Managed the First Friday Art Walk for 3 years, designed and oversaw infrastructure implementation; negotiated with Metro to provide free buses throughout the city every art walk
    • Oversaw 2 Degrees networking program; provided direct connections to those looking to live and work in Portland; designed bi monthly events to engage the ‘connectors’.
  • Drafted temporary public art guidelines with city staff that were adopted by city council
  • Board Member: Creative Portland; Portland Public Art Committee; The Dooryard Arts Collective; Maine Masters
  • Gallery Manager of the Sylvia Kania Gallery 2008-2012


Martin, Ariel L; “Art Happens”; Portland Monthly Magazine: Vol 26 # 8 (November 2011) 23,25,70 http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/2011/10/art-happens/

Bryan, Shannon; “Having an art attack at York’s Nevada Motel” Portland Press Herald: September 22, 2011 http://www.pressherald.com/life/go/artandtheater_2011-09-22.html

Morris, Michael; “Mirror Reflections”; Portland Monthly Magazine: Vol.26 #1 (Feb – March 2011) 16

Dodge, Matt; “Graffiti clash brings both sides to Space”; Portland Daily Sun: Vol. 3 #54 (April 19th, 2011) http://portlanddailysun.me/news/story/forum-brings-graffiti-debate-arts-community

Dodge, Matt; “Back and Forth Continues Over Graffiti”; Portland Daily Sun: Vol 3 #56 (April 21, 2011) http://portlanddailysun.me/featured/story/back-and-forth-continues-over-graffiti

Dodge, Matt; “Graffiti Panel Reaction Varies”; Portland Daily Sun: Vol 3 #56 (April 21, 2011) http://portlanddailysun.me/news/story/graffiti-panel-reaction-varies
Boards and Committees

Maine Masters Committee – 2011 – present

The Dooryard Arts Collective – 2010 – 2014

Creative Portland Corporation – 2009 – 2013

Portland Public Art Committee – 2010 – 2013