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Feet in Bed

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Video Still, 2.12 min

Self Portrait

35mm Film Photograph


35mm Film Photograph

Open Window

35mm Film Photograph

Jessica Ralph

My practice, primarily moving image and photography, presents a narrative of the everyday by performing mundane, repetitive experiences within the space of the home.

My current, ongoing project focuses on my attachment to an inanimate object, my childhood teddy. Specific childhood memories and behaviours are imitated within my filmed performances, evoking feelings of nostalgia and loneliness. A contrast between ‘play’ and sadness aims to generate a tension within the viewer, often characterised by feelings of poignancy and melancholy. My exploration of these themes acts as a framework to better understand my own experiences and ‘self’.

Through various methods of moving image and photography, which I have developed over the course of my degree in Fine Art, I intend to further explore the performative aspects of daily routine and interactions with household objects as a means of understanding their emotional power in spite of their mundanity.

Final year project

Final Year Project

Work Experience

Throughout my degree, I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work and co-curate, gaining experience in collaboration, curation and gallery management. Furthermore, I volunteered as a 2020 Degree Show Fundraiser in which I organised and promoted events such as an Art Auction and a Drink and Draw. In total, we raised over £1000 for the degree show.

2019 Exhibiting artist in Making a Mark at Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, UK. 21st - 27th February.
2019 Curator and exhibiting artist in Landed at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK. 14th - 27th March.
2020 Degree Show Fundraiser at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.

I have recently been accepted onto the Charnwood Arts Emerging Artists programme, starting on 7th July 2021 and ending on 10th September 2021.