Jaleesa Johnston is a mixed media artist currently working in Portland, OR. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work explores the black female body as both subject and material through performance, video, photography, sculpture and collage.  In her practice of ritual and play, Jaleesa’s work interrogates the defining power of the gaze and its relationship to the formation and destruction of the psychology of blackness.