Working with a wide variety of materials from porcelain and marble to paint and digital collage, Harrison’s interest lies in how we handle, interpret and navigate materials, objects and space and how these processes 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, often utilizing the simplicity of materials to explore the complexity of the sensory body.
Jessica Harrison's practice is hinged on a fundamental fallibility of the body and types of knowledge that can be generated through mistakes and inexperience. She has a particular interest in the fallibility of observation and the gap between the seen and the felt, the visual and the tactile. This is the space in which her sculpture, and perhaps all sculpture, is situated - as something that happens in-between and amongst the body and objects, a part of both, but neither fully one nor the other.
Jessica Harrison (b 1982, St Bees, UK) lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. Harrison graduated from Edinburgh University with a practice-based PhD in Sculpture in 2013, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In 2015 she was artist in residence at the European Ceramic Workcentre in the Netherlands, returning in 2017 to undertake a second residency.
JESSICA HARRISON, AT WORK