Inverted Branches by Jessica Ward

Inverted Branches by Jessica Ward

 Anchored Branch by Jessica Ward

Anchored Branch by Jessica Ward

Jessica Ward

Jessica is preoccupied with the striking architectural nature of trees, being especially attracted to the patterns found within tree canopies as the branches crisscross and intersect. She is fascinated by how the interlocking and interlacing branches interrupt space - breaking up the sky or the surrounding landscape, resulting in abstracted, even disorientating images and patterns.

Predominately working in mixed media her choice of materials, techniques and limited colour palette of black and white, result in highly refined images that explore and make use of pattern, layering, light and space to not only depict but also evoke the sensory experience of being among trees.

Working directly with branches she collects in Richmond Park, Jessica recreates her own series of interruptions in space, by binding, suspending and reconfiguring the found branches into highly ordered and geometric designs. Driven by a desire to explore and manipulate space further, Jessica deliberately builds her work within the contained spaces of frames, bell jars and display cases – space within spaces.

Her stylised and intricate work elicits exploration, inviting the viewer’s eye to enter and move between the layers of thread, branches and shadow, providing a highly engaging and immersive experience every time the work is viewed.