Lot 38 - Jennifer Pattison - Laura #1, Sussex, 2017
Digital C-Type Print on Fuji Crystal Archive
Signed on Verso
Curated by Carrie Scott
"I make work about female experience. My practice is transportive. I use staged portraiture as a canvas to tell stories. I like to play with literature as a jumping off point and invent characters to consider themes of identity, mortality and the female body" Jennifer has received numerous international awards and artist residencies for her work. She was shortlisted for the 8th Dentons Art Prize in 2019. In 2017 she was commissioned to produce new work funded by the Arts Council England and British Council’s Re-Imagine India cultural exchange programme and in 2014 invited by collector Frances Reynolds to be an artist in residence at Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A portrait from her project In Sight of My Skin received second prize in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery, London (2012) and won first prize at the International Photography Awards (Lucie’s, 2013). In addition to her practice, she lectures in photography, currently at UCA Farnham. Her work is held in public and private collections.
-2020-2021 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Further Education and Training (Art, Design and Media), University Of Brighton, UK -1997-2000 BA (Hons) Photography, LCC, University of The Arts London
-October 2022: PhotoFringe, Brighton, U.K
-May 2022: Selected as a mentee on the inaugural TRACE Mentorship Programme, UK.
-June 2019: Multistory's BlastPhotoFestival- Girl Gaze: Journeys Through the Punjab & the Black Country, UK. The British Muslim School, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, UK
-June 2019: Shortlisted artist, 8th Dentons Art Prize, London, U.K
-September 2018: British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain 2018 - winner
-March 2018: Girl Gaze: Journeys Through the Punjab & the Black Country, UK, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, India
-October 2014: Artist in residence, Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Invited by Brazilian collector Frances Reynolds.
-September 2013: First Prize Winner, Lucies International Photography Awards, U.S
-November 2012: Second Prize Winner,Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
-November 2012: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
Laura #I, Sussex 2017 from the series 'Burnt Eggshells & All The Things I Left Behind'
Fragments of myself, past, present and future are glimpsed in close domestic spaces over a period of five years.
Burnt Eggshells & All The Things I Left Behind considers metamorphosis, specifically the physical and mental transition from myself to mother back to me again. I photograph shared and intimate moments with my daughter and close circle of friends.
When life is obsessed by time, progress and milestones my response is to slow it down.
Characterised against a back drop of maternal interruption and feelings of loss for my former self. This work honours my need to make sense of who I am, who I was and where I am going.
Caught between lockdowns I document the passing of time, nature’s cycle, lifelong friends and our growing children. Portraits of mothers-to-be seizing control in a pandemic landscape where so much was lost.
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