Jessica Bartlett

Jessica's practice is based on a drawing process and an interest in line on surface. The fine lines of the drawing are made through burning and melting the paint and canvas. She uses a tool with a fine tip, which heats up to a range of controllable temperatures. She says of this process, "The burning is interesting to me as it is creative through the destruction. It also has permanence, a scar like effect that can be seen as a metaphor for memory".

Jessica is interested in memory of place and in capturing a moment. "I configure my drawings from memory, photographs and found objects. I draw and redraw the scene or subject so that it becomes detached from the original. I work with simplified images to give a heightened dreamlike quality. For years I have worked with just a white surface as this gave a sense of nothingness and quietness. More recently I have introduced a muted colour scheme with the aim to enhance the sense of space and narrative. Quite large areas of the canvas are left empty of line and detail, this is to enhance the drawn areas and to flatten out the space to create an uncanny prospective and naivety".

Jessica is based in BV Studios, Bristol. She graduated from Bath Spa in 2007 with a Ba (hons) in Fine Art. Since graduating Jessica has exhibited in Bristol, Bath and London. In 2007 she had work selected for the National Open Art Competition (previously the Chichester Open).

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They Came Here Before (Huers Hut) by Jessica Bartlett
They Came Here Before (Huers Hut) by Jessica Bartlett

they came here before

Long Forgotten by Jessica Bartlett
Long Forgotten by Jessica Bartlett

long forgotten

The Return by Jessica Bartlett
The Return by Jessica Bartlett

the return