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Tessa Hulls

County: Jefferson County




Grants for Artist Projects 2012
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Fellowship Awards 2018
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Arts Innovator Award 2021
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Tessa Hulls is a multidisciplinary storyteller who is equally likely to disappear into a research library or the wilderness. Weaving visual art, writing, historical research, and educational activism, she creates genre-defying projects that interrogate the connections between the present and the past. For the past six years, she has focused on Feeding Ghosts, a nonfiction graphic novel that tells the entwined stories of three generation of women in her family to explore mental illness, loss of language, intergenerational trauma, mixed-raced identity, and the complicated ways in which mothers and daughters both damage and save one another. She has received fellowships and awards from the McMillen Foundation, the Washington Artist Trust, Office of Arts and Culture Seattle, and 4Culture, and residencies from Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Ucross, and others. As the 2019 recipient of the PEN NW Wilderness Writing Residency, she spent six months living alone in the Oregon wilderness in an off-grid cabin with no cell service or internet, and she never fully rejoined society. Tessa is currently saying no to absolutely everything in order to finish Feeding Ghosts, forthcoming from MCD Books in 2023.

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