Jessica Mallock


Jessica Mallock was born in Dublin in 1963. She studied for a degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London in 1994 and completed her MA at the London College of Communication, London in 2009.Of winning the Sproxton Award, Jessica says it gives her the confidence to continue exploring the materiality of photography. She plans on making new sculptural work with the prize money.

She says of her practice, “Thinking of the photograph as an object makes photography itself available as a material. With this starting point, I attempt to explore simultaneously – both the spaces of photography – the space within the frame (the internal space of the image) and the overlooked space the photograph physically occupies (its context). Making sculptural works using photographs is an attempt to test the boundaries of both photography and art.

“These works are further informed by my apparently contradictory obligations: to keep house and to make art, offering an attempt to fold together the space between these seemingly polar urges. Using formal considerations of art production and display applied to more prosaic or mundane activities (and vice versa) I attempt to draw parallels between these areas of activity, and explore where they coincide: imposing order (arranging and display), maintaining (preservation and archive), and sustaining (repetition, invention and re-invention). The resulting works are ‘marriages’ of ideas, elements and processes laid bare.”

Judged by Charlotte Cotton / Peter Ainsworth (MAP07)


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