"My investigations draw on an interior archive, my relationship to a wished-for future narrative, as well as that which is rooted in the past. My use of mark-making and stitch deliberately pierces and extends the photograph beyond a single time and space."
Photography, performance and a needle are central to Jessa Fairbrother's (b. UK) practice. She uses the body-as-site to explore communal meanings and is concerned with making explicit the moment when performed gesture and gaze of the viewer collide. She frequently appears in her own images, piercing and embroidering them to employ process as action. Needle perforations and thread puncture the skin of the photograph, extending image-objects beyond a single time and space. Funding from QEST has enabled the self-taught embroiderer to undertake formalised training with the Royal School of Needlework to complete the Certificate in Technical Embroidery, perfecting techniques for use in her contemporary photographic work. Fairbrother's work is held in various collections including Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, US) and libraries at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (US).
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