Jessica Wetherly GBA
A London-based sculptor, Jessica’s work presents creatures in curious and surreal landscapes with a sci-fi aesthetic that evoke questions of agency as we face the ecological and climate breakdown. The objects and images build worlds that investigate the blindness of anthropocentric society, using an intuitive and playful range of everyday materials haunted by human touch. In recent research Jessica investigates ‘what it means to be an astronaut on Earth’. Using a state of objective alienation to rediscover the extraordinary wonders in the everyday, and develop imagined narratives through animal allegory which confront the indeterminable future, not only for ourselves but for all living things.
A training in figurative sculpture forms the foundation to her practice with traditional sculpture techniques of modelling, moulding and casting. Jessica is a QEST Scholar and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture 2019. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally with her first solo show in Austin, USA at the end of 2018. In 2019, Wetherly was selected as the winner of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize and as a Gilbert Bayes Award winner at the Royal Society of Sculptors. She has both public and private commissions including a permanent statue in Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth. Jessica has taken part in a number of residencies both in the UK and abroad including Wild Biyoo in Goa, Korai Project Space in Cyprus and BilboaArte in the Basque Country.