Jillian M Rock is a multidisciplinary artist who uses print in various forms to archive narratives centered in Blackness. Through collage, risograph prints, and accompanying narrative, her work is meant to amplify the everyday to dismantle stereotypes of Blackness.
She is the owner of Rock Press, a Black woman run printing press aimed at amplifying access to the creation and dissemination of artists’ books and printed matter. Rock is also a teaching artist, an active member of the LAND Collective, on faculty at Studio Montclair and serves on the Board of Directors for the Newark Print Shop. She was in the 2020 Cohort of Feminist in Residence, at Project For Empty Space (PES), and recently completed an A.I.R at The Museum of Motherhood in St. Petersburg, FL.
My current work focuses on bridging community and self-actualization through connecting the past with present conflicts and joy. I am inspired by making connections between different mediums of art. My hope is that these connections however visual become tangible to the viewer. It is important that my work speaks both to and represents the voices that are too often not heard and spoken over. The voices of the communities that I occupy in both space and spirit. The voices of the people.