Jessica Elleray is inspired by the universal human act of telling stories. Fascinated by the connections between people, places and objects her artwork is inspired by these relationships. In her practice, artist becomes archaeologist, uncovering untold narratives.
Her unique copper paintings are made by encouraging chemical reactions in the metal and take weeks to develop in the studio. So she takes regular research trips, often returning to the same site five times or more. Each time she returns to the studio, the next layer responds to her most recent encounter in that place. In this way, the paintings are a layering of moments, of conversations between the artist and the landscape.
The copper paintings represent this dialogue in a very physical way. Not only am I working with natural processes, but also with risk. As in any relationship, both parties have agency, and introducing the potential for chance allows for nature to join the conversation. These moments are often the most beautiful parts of the work.
Sometimes her projects take different approaches, working with other media such as sculpture and sound, dependant on the conceptual needs of the project.