Jess Blandford studied painting at Camberwell College of Art and printmaking at the Royal College. Her work is often preoccupied with repetition, invisible work and unpredictable spaces, with unstable structures (including shapes and patterns) featuring frequently. She is interested in how acts of repetition made by the hand can never be identical and explores how mundane acts (like trying and failing to draw a straight line) can create hidden layers and therefore generate depth and intimacy. Domestic and bodily space are often contextual references to this notion of the intimate.
She loves working in the Mansion because, “hidden stories seem to linger in the layers of crumbling paint and plaster, hinting at an intimate domestic history embedded in the walls”.
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