We are proud to present a powerful new series of figures by Kerry Jameson. Produced in 2023 in a large temporary studio in West London, the pieces foreground Jameson's use of fabric as a connective material for building both physical and emotive presence.
In this new collection, figures gaze out through button, shell, or healing stone eyes, such as amethyst or volcanic obsidian: a spirit in matter contributing to grounding and clarity. They are bound by rope that restrains without imprisoning and their cold, hard surfaces are sewn up by soft fabrics. Their oversized heads resemble battle helmets or animal masks, creating the impression of a hidden identity. These animal guises draw from secret societies and folklore traditions.
The sculptures often start with individual ceramic parts like legs, torsos, arms, and heads. Using a technique inspired by polychrome religious sculptures of 17th-century Spain, each ceramic part is reinforced with hessian and combined using gesso. This process makes them feel part of a larger whole, united by their fabric innards. In the Matter Series, fabric has taken on a significant role. Instead of breaking ceramics into pieces and reassembling them, I have focused on planned elements that piece together like jigsaws. Working in sections allows me to edit a form, giving life back to the figure.
Fabric has many expressions; it can protect and simultaneously veil, create structure, join, and sometimes act as a canvas for paint or embroidery. It becomes the medium where materials interlace, each provoking its own feeling.
My work reflects both the innocence of childhood and the harshness of reality.
– Kerry Jameson, 2023