Jezella Pigott

Custom Paradise

25.10.2016   - 30.10.2016

Jezella Pigott is a visual artist based in Oxford specializing in drawing, video, and installation. In her work, she aims to examine the power of drawing, as both parts of a ritual within its own process, and as a form of magic.

Her work draws on the history of female anthropology, examining the ways women have been depicted through the lens of ideology and culture. Using a range of methods, she creates her own symbols which set out to deconstruct and reinterpret her own representation of the “ecstatic female.”

Jezella Pigott has completed a masters in drawing, Wimbledon London UAL in 2014-15 and studied BA fine art at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford from 2005-2008. In 2016, she has been Artist in Residence at The Early Years Nursery in Oxford; as well as Artist in Residence at the Old Firestation, Oxford; and took part in a group residency at OVADA Gallery in Oxford. Jezella has exhibited at the Bargehouse, London for the exhibition ‘We all draw’ and at London’s National Gallery’s Drawing Room in 2015.

Her work Acid Mantel was presented at SomoS Art House during the 2016 group exhibition Custom Paradise. It was originally developed during Pigott’s month-long residency at OVADA Gallery, Oxford.

“Acid mantle” is a performative installation which acts as a beauty parlor, but one that is made from fantasy and dreams; a multi-sensory transformative work on the history of women and feminism, incorporating elements of magic, ritual and alchemy. Exposing female oppression through the consumption of imagery driven by a political agenda, Pigott critically explores the history and culture around notions of beauty. Several performances within the installation were conducted during the duration of the Custom Paradise exhibition.

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