Jackie Hoysted

 Bodybag, Interactive public participatory performanceinstallation.  Installation shot, 2016

Bodybag, Interactive public participatory performanceinstallation.  Installation shot, 2016


Jackie Hoysted is an Irish multi-media artist and is interested in different aspects of portraiture and interactive forms of art. Her goal is to create awareness of social and political issues that have personal significance to her such as identity, health, feminism, economy and religion.

She has had solo shows of her artwork throughout the US and has been featured in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Washington City Paper and The Pittsburgh City paper. She is the cofounder of ArtWatch a Washington DC artists’ collective and visual arts curator for Solas Nua, an Irish organization that promotes contemporary Irish art in the Washington DC area.  She has been awarded grants from Montgomery County, Maryland and the Vermont Studio Center; and residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia USA, the Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat and The Tyrone Guthrie Center, both in Ireland.

Body Bag: A Public Interactive Performance Event

Imagine that an otherwise healthy person ends up in a body bag. What happened?
Instructions for each participant:
Take a 5 minute turn occupying the body bag and visualize the extraordinary circumstances that might lead you or another person to end up in it
Stay still for your portrait shot
Describe what you visualized by completing both sides of the “toe tag”
Pin the completed “toe tag” on the containment screen

Body Bag is a participatory performance installation where the public is invited to occupy a body bag and have their official bodybag portrait taken. They are asked to imagine the circumstances that would lead to an otherwise healthy person ending up in and then to narrate that story by filling in a toe tag and pinning it to a containment area.