I Want to believe is the first solo exhibition by Proto Gallery roster artist Jackie Mock at Proto Gomez, and her first solo exhibition in New York City.

I Want to believe features a suite of new sculptural works which explore 18th and 19th-century Spiritualism and its links to peculiar and radical women, famous public figures, and the early, yet persistent, history of the United States in general.

Jackie Mock creates humorous sculptural narratives, simultaneously sincere and contrived, that elaborate on the small thoughts and gestures of everyday life. They are personal curios of her own making, which highlight the artist’s travels and social interactions, solidified as skillfully-crafted chests, boxes, and framed collages, often labelled and cataloged with a 19th-century quirky absurdity. Jackie Mock holds a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and has exhibited her work recently at Denny Gallery, Matteawan Gallery, Proto Gallery, as well as the Portal and SPRING/BREAK art fairs.