Jea Alford

Jea Alford is an interdisciplinary artist playing with themes of class, labor, the role of aesthetics in economy, and the role of economy in the artist’s studio. Growing up in a trailer park in suburban Oregon, she developed a critical eye toward what our economic system values, and she is interested in how art can work to not only subvert, but regrow the existing structures of economy. She creates ephemeral and poetic performative work, objects, and media, co-runs a sustainably-minded and body-positive clothing cooperative, and has stewarded projects, such as an artist residency run out of her home, that are based in generosity.


2020 Labor



Portland, OR USA