Jessie Brennan

To Agitate, Still (variations from Setchell Estate)

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Year 2023
Medium Handmade paper (daffodil, cotton and sisal), made in collaboration with Mandy Brannan, with thanks to residents of Setchell Estate
Dimensions 21 x 44 cm

About the work

To Agitate, Still (variations from Setchell Estate) forms part of an outcome of Jessie’s commission by Drawing Room to make connections with their neighbours. During gardening sessions, Jessie and Setchell Estate residents foraged daffodil leaves that were later combined with cotton and sisal pulp to make handmade paper. The papermaking was done in collaboration with artist Mandy Brannan, who taught Jessie the process and produced half of the 311 sheets which were exhibited in Unbuild: a site of possibility (22 September – 10 December 2023) and which will be distributed to the 311 households making up Setchell Estate. A legacy is the Neighbourhood Connectors project, a paid opportunity for two local people to engage in outreach, funded by Southwark Council ‘Culture Together’ and the Royal College of Art ‘Research Development Fund’ (2023-2024).

Read the essay by Alberto Duman titled ‘We Feel Agitated’, on Jessie’s commissioned work: https://drawingroom.org.uk/app/uploads/2023/09/Alberto-Duman-JESSIE-Brennan.pdf

Career Highlights

Jessie is an artist whose work is concerned with the inter-relations between site, image and the social. This has led her to work in solidarity with people in public housing estates and community gardens, among other places.

Recent selected commissions include projects for Drawing Room (2023), UP Projects (2019), South London Gallery (2018), and Metal Culture (2015). Her authored books include Re: development (2016) and Regeneration! (2015). Since 2022, she is Tutor (Research) in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. In 2024 she will lead a major research project made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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