Born in St Bees in 1982, Jessica moved to Scotland to study sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2000, going on to do an MFA before completing a practice-led PhD in sculpture in 2013, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Working with a wide variety of materials from ceramics and marble to paint and digital collage, her practice explores the mechanics of perception and a fallibility of observation through an examination of the interaction between the visual and the tactile.
Her interest lies in how we handle, interpret and navigate materials, objects and space and how this process can define the shape of the body. The things she makes propose a re-imagining of these definitions, offering an alternative shape to our perception of things, using the simplicity of materials to explore the complexity of the sensory body.
Pink, Green, Blue and Black, 2016, Galerie LJ, Paris [France] Broken, 2014, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh [UK] FLASH, 2014, Galerie LJ, Paris [France] 00:09:34,2013, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh [UK] Broken, 2011, Jealous Gallery, London [UK]
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Jerwood Makers Open, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey; The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney [touring exhibition] [UK]
2017 Figurinens Fortællinger, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart [Denmark] Urnen, European Ceramic Workcentre, Oisterwijk [The Netherlands] Women Artists: The Female Gaze, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester [UK] Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Space, London [UK] Un Bal Masqué. XVIIIE Siècle et art Contemporain, Le Chateau de Nyon, Nyon [Switzerland] PRINTS, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh [UK] Pray: Cherishing Life, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Yeoju World Ceramic gallery [Korea] Between Poles and Tides, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh [UK]
2016 Open Storage, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh [UK] Nova Scotia, HilbertRaum, Berlin [Germany] Sexy Ceramics, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden [The Netherlands] ArtCrush, Casterline|Goodman Gallery, Aspen [USA] CERAMIX, La Maison Rouge, Paris [France] Desire, Belger Arts Centre, Kansas City [USA]
2015 CERAMIX, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht [The Netherlands] Dismaland, The Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare [UK] Polar Twins, The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh [UK] Sweet 18, Kasteel d’Ursel, Hingene [Belgium] Fractured Fairytales, Jealous East, London [UK] Mirroring – Drawing, Aando Fine Art, Berlin [Germany]
2014 Intangible Beauty, Kasher|Potamkin, New York [USA] XXIII International Biennale of Vallauris, Maison des Quartiers, Vallauris [France]
2013 In Perspextive, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh [UK] Body & Soul: new international ceramics, Museum of Art and Design, New York [USA] SLICE, The Whiskey Bond, Glasgow [UK] Print Process, Glue Factory, Glasgow [UK]
2012 Carving in Britain from 1910 to Now, The Fine Art Society, London [UK] Interesting Times, University of Leicester Botanic Gardens, Leicester [UK] Wicc Imb Wicc – Images of the Self, Upper Galleries, St James Cavalier, Valetta, [Malta] Jessica Harrison/Atsuo Okamoto, Art First project space, London [UK] Visual Art Scotland, (invited artist), Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh [UK]
2011 Sensory Worlds, Inspace, Edinburgh [UK] Industrial Aesthetics: environmental influences on recent art from Scotland, Hunter College, New York [USA] International Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle [UK] HEY! Modern art et pop culture, Musee La Halle St Pierre, Paris [France] Impulse, Aando Fine Art, Berlin [Germany] Object-Orientation, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, California [USA]
2010 UK Young Artists, The University of Derby, Derby [UK] Make Room, The New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands [UK] MILESTONE, Cass Sculpture Park, Goodwood, West Sussex; The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield [touring exhibition] [UK] Otherwise, Naked State Gallery, Brussels [Belgium] Lithos, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin [Ireland]
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