Jessica Crisp

Jessica Crisp - Shears, Etching and Lithograph (18 by 13 cm)

Printmaker, Jessica Crisp, will exhibit two new lithographs and etchings for Ardent Form combining Image and language.

‘I have been thinking about how I can communicate meaning relationally, and the conceptual leaps we make between words and image.  I am interested in considering the use of juxtaposition to construct and reconfigure the meaning and symbolism in my prints.  I have been trying to condense and simplify in my use of language reducing descriptive passages to a few words.

My work is self expressive, looking back over collections of my prints I have made I can see the reflections of my preoccupations and state of mind at the time of making.  Whilst considering the themes of Ardent Form, I have responded to the physical definitions of ‘Ardent’ in relation to light, of glowing and shining and to one of its emotive meanings, to be steadfast and constant.  For ‘Resonate’ last year in the Coburg House Gallery I made work that began to consider my relationship with the viewer, to the feeling of being understood and of receiving a receptive response.  I have been continuing to reflect on the  the differing levels of confidence, clarity and conviction in my expressive voice over the six years since leaving art school, the rhythm of crisis and transition, illumination and overlapping shadows.’

Jessica describes her response to the theme for previous Exhibition ‘Resonate’,

‘In considering the theme of Resonance I have been thinking about my relationship and communication with viewers of my work, taking as a starting point the definition of a Resonator.

‘A device or system that exhibits resonance or resonant behaviour, that is, it naturally oscillates at some frequencies, called its resonant frequencies, with greater amplitude than at others.’

I immediately connected this with my recent reading of Carol Gilligan’s ‘In a Different Voice,’ In particular where she discussed the audible difference in women’s voices  where they speak to a receptive person or audience, and where their,

‘Voices fall into a space where their is no resonance, or where the reverberations are frightening- where they begin to sound dead or flat.’

Artists Biography

Jessica studied Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art. During her degree she was awarded the Cross Trust Travel Scholarship to study at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. On graduating she was awarded the Royal Scottish Academy, John Kinross Travel Scholarship in Florence. On her return she moved to Bournemouth to run the Printmaking studios as technician at the Arts University at Bournemouth. After three years in Bournemouth she moved back to Scotland in November 2010, to live in Leith and make her work from Edinburgh Printmakers studio. She is a board member at Edinburgh Printmakers  and works part time as the Printmaking technician for Forth Valley College in Stirling.

Recent Exhibitions include Lithotage2012, Munich. London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, Piccadilly and BIG PRINT small print, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw.

Awards include Cross Trust Travel Scholarship and RSA John Kinross Scholarship

To see more of Jessica’s work visit


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