PAPER #13: Jemima Brown. Untitled Profile Pictures.
PAPER's solo presentation of drawings by Jemima Brown assembles a project that Jemima has been developing since 2009. Jemima's practice in sculpture, installation and drawing investigates social structures and personal and political histories. Using a wide variety of media she uses suggested narrative and social critique in order to orchestrate the complex visual narratives involved in self-creation.
Untitled Profile Pictures is an ongoing drawing project in which Jemima has experimented with the visual translation of a virtual social structure in a series of drawings of Facebook profile pictures.
From the lo-res pixilated images of âprofile pictures' she has made nearly 200 drawings of her own Facebook friends to date. (Always choosing an image from their profile pictures in order that the choice of image is their choice for a public image). For her presentation at PAPER, Jemima will show a selection of these drawings selected from mutual Facebook friends of both PAPER's and Jemima's. Over the past six months both PAPER and Jemima has been inviting people to add Jemima as a friend or âlike' her Untitled Profile Pictures page on Facebook and the exhibition will be made from a selection of those people who put themselves forward.
Exhibited both as analogue slide shows and installations of framed drawings these works refer to the earlier, more exclusive, history of painted portraiture. They are acts of self-creation made visible, hinting at the increased image-anxiety of contemporary life and the intensifying need to create a compelling, saleable vision of âwho we are' in an increasingly consumer based digital culture.
Jemima Brown is based in London and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since graduating from an MA at Chelsea School of Art in 1995. She was selected for New Contemporaries 1997, and her work has been included in exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She has also had solo exhibitions with Vilma Gold, Rosie Wilde, and the Agency in London. Past awards have included a Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA, Los Angeles, and the Cocheme Fellowship at Byam Shaw, University of the Arts. In 2011 she received the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, at Standpoint in London.
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