Jessica Singh

If the Dress is a Lantern, The Body is Light

A dress of Paradox. Duality. Transformation. Rebirth. Protection. Light. Flat, clean paper, pure at conception. The construction process begins from the inside out. Needle punctures paper, perforations causing tiny dots of separation. Cotton thread binds, creating unity, structure. Punctures allow light to dance in, paper creating shadow. If the Dress is a Lantern, The Body is Light. The quilt of paintings is turned inside out. The bodies on the inside are birthed to the outside. The inner world becomes the outer world. This transformation process forms creases which seek to record history with permanent marks. Creases produce dimensional shift from 2D to 3D. When worn, the body is concealed by bodies revealed. This outward projection of vulnerability creates a form of protection, through distraction and distortion of the form beneath. But the protection is fragile and delicate, as paper often is.
33 paintings of Acrylic on paper, cotton thread
110 x 100cm
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Meet the artist
Jessica Singh
Jessica Singh is an illustrator and artist exploring feminine power. After studying illustration at Central St Martins and living in London, Melbourne and Berlin, Jessica currently works from her home studio in Perth. Previous clients include Facebook, Nike, Sunday Riley, ABC and Penguin Books. She draws inspiration from her mixed Indian and American heritage as well as cultural craft and textiles, mythology, music and mysticism.
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