Jessica Voorsanger

It Wasn’t a Cardboard Model

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Year 2021
Medium Mixed media, watercolour and collage on paper
Dimensions 21.1 x 29.7 cm

About the work

I have long been interested in collage. This image brings together elements of different aspects I have been noticing, with watercolour, collage, portraiture, popular culture, and colour, with a little Star Trek thrown in…

About the artist:

Born 1965 New York, Jessica Voorsanger lives and works in London. Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (1987), and Goldsmiths College, London (1993).

Voorsanger’s practice has always been fluid. She is a multi-disciplinarian artist who uses whatever materials are relevant for the project she is currently exploring. The work thematically has always had a foot in popular culture, initially through obsession and fan adulation then branching out to escapist culture and identity but always seeming to come back to TV in some form or another. She is inspired by colour and pattern which also makes its way into the work. She is currently working on a series of paintings that are fabric constructions made with vintage and patterned fabrics, sewn together, that have collaged images, embroideries, and paint interventions. Drawing plays a large part in her thinking.

Her work is held in public and private collections including The Arts Council, London; and The V&A National Art Library, London.

Selected solo exhibitions include Jessica Voorsanger: Partridge Wear Collection, Binghamton University Art Museum, New York (2018); Secrets & Lies, TATE Film Club, Tate Modern, London (2017); Chain Reaction, Commissioned performance, TATE Modern, London (2016); EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER PREVIEW (Oct 2016, Issue 328), Kornhauschen Gallerie, Aschaffenberg (2016); Live Long and Prosper, WORK Gallery, London (2016); It’s Always About the Hair, Deptford X Commission, London (2014); Worldstaronestoppopshop, Kornhauschen Galerie, Aschaffenberg (2013); I Think I Love You, Lounge Festival of Love (commissioned installation), Southbank Centre, London (2014); Art Impostors, Louis Vuitton Maison, London (2011); and Eastenders, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Artists who do Music/Musicians Who do Art, Railway Club, Glasgow (2018); Exhibiting the Exhibition, Staaliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2018); Empire II, The Age of Anxiety, Venice Biennale (2017); Gestures of Resistance, Dokumenta, Romantso Cultural Centre, Athens (2017); Imprint 93, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016); FOUND, Curated by Cornelia Parker, Foundling Museum, London (2016); Liberties, Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance (2016); and Factual Nonsense, Paul Stolper Gallery, London (2013).

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