Oil and acrylic on linen
About the Artist
Jess Burgess (b.1993, UK) is a visual artist whose research questions how the virtual space of the digital screen affects the way we view the world, in particular the habit of simultaneously viewing many windows full of disconnected images. Questions surrounding the virtual screen inform Jess' decisions when creating new meanings from disparate forms, and influences the way she disrupts the pictorial composition. Jess uses the process of painting to explore how we consume and discard images with little pause for thought, and suggest that this has given painting a new agency as a slower medium. Jess' research has influenced the way she brings traditional, painterly ideas into a dialogue with our experiences of reading space and material in a world saturated with digital images. Jess is currently investigating how painting has developed into a more interactive discipline by forming relationships between genres and using existing art histories as a catalogue from which to generate new material. The subject matter of these paintings: images of women, interiors and objects, in some ways conveys my own experiences or anxieties, albeit from a distance. Her research through the ‘virtual window’ has allowed me to reflect on how, as a painter today, technology impacts on the way I look, think and work. Jess lives and works in the UK.