Jackie Castillo is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, installation, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing. She studied at the School of Photography at Orange Coast College from 2011-2014 and received her BA from UCLA in 2018.
Castillo’s practice is rooted in examining the isolation and anxiety felt by the working class by investigating the relationship between infrastructure, urban development, and collective memory. She typically turns to the Southern California suburban and urban landscapes to expose scenes and objects that call into question these pathos. Utilizing the visual vernacular of surface, material, and ruins, she creates installations to examine how an internalized loss of identity may render the self as unreal, estranged, and in various states of invisibility. At the same time, she creates space for metaphor and abstraction within images and installations that propose alternative narratives to power structures currently set in place.