Author: Jessa Fairbrother

  • In situ

    Hugely pleased to have some beautiful installation images of my work Role Play (Woman with Cushion) from Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood – open now at Arnolfini, Bristol, until May 26th 2024. The first venue as part of the Hayward Touring Exhibition throughout 2024-25. Installation view of Acts of Creation: On Art and…

  • ‘The Almost Mother’

    It’s been extraordinary being in Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood. There’s the obvious thing of being in a show which everyone goes to see. It’s incredible to see work that you made living it’s own life. And there’s the place where it lands – that feeling – inside the body of the artist…

  • Surrendering

    I returned from a month in southern Italy recently, where I spent time at Domus Artist Residency. This was transformative for my practice. The time out to think deeply, and concentrate without the pressure of having to stop and put down my idea, just because of the time of day, was incredible. There was no…

  • Help has arrived

    Getting things done as an artist means: All of this his means point number 1, the most important bit, gets less and less time devoted to it as you go on. Getting help has been incredible and means more time to make art. At the moment Maddy is helping me plan how I should best…

  • You put your left leg in, your left leg out

    My reference to the Hokey Cokey, an old campfire song, seems appropriate this month – a light-touch-alert to the revolving door of my position on Instagram. I can experience being in, then out, of a shadow-ban within a few days. This is pretty wild. It has now even happened twice with the same post –…

  • Timing is everything

    I made Conversations with my mother between 2012 – 2015, and the artist book in 2016. Now, several years later, I’m still talking about it. In fact, I feel like I’ve barely got going. The work was slow. Slow to make, slow to share, slow to be noticed. I fretted about this. I’d thought I…

  • My back was too provocative

  • Workshops

    It’s funny how time passing makes you feel more of an expert. It’s been ten years since I started stitching into the image, working with rough materials within reach to sew into photographs of me and my mother, trying to sew us together in thought and deed after she had died. It was this very…

  • Thoughts on repair

  • My short history of sewing

    As a teenager I used to make a lot of my own clothes, going to jumble sales and bringing home sacks of dresses, chopping them up to make something new. It is how I learned to use a needle. But it was with Conversations with my mother I began to stitch into the photographs… it…