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Jamie Luoto: I Believe in Ghosts

Jamie Luoto: I Believe in Ghosts

Lives and works in Healdsburg, California

I believe in ghosts: I believe those who weren’t and won’t be believed, and I see the ghosts that haunt us.

This series of painted self-portraits illuminates the aftermath of sexual assault: the lasting psychological impact of repeated sexual trauma on an individual and the role silence plays as both an act of self-preservation and tool of oppression.

I explore my psyche and experience with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), blurring the line between external presentation and internal reality to bring to light the unseen injuries of sexual trauma that invade and haunt mind and body.

Issue n°03 Jamie L. Luoto"Ourself Behind Ourself, Concealed," oil on linen, 51 x 39 inches, 2020

Issue n°03 Jamie L. Luoto"We Hunt the Doe," oil on linen, 42 x 49 inches, 2020

Issue n°03 Jamie L. Luoto"Familiar," oil on linen, 34 x 28 inches, 2021

Issue n°03 Jamie L. Luoto"I Believe in Ghosts," oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches, 2018

Artist Biography

Jamie L. Luoto’s painting “We Hunt the Doe,” is a semi-finalist for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, 2022. She has exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Napa County Library and City Hall of Santa Rosa in California. Her group exhibitions include “Identity Spectrum” at Susquehanna Art Museum in Pennsylvania and “Defining the Art of Change in the Age of Trump” at The Center for Contemporary Political Art in Washington, D.C.. Luoto is currently working on her series, “I Believe in Ghosts.” She lives and works in Healdsburg, California.