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This week it’s Jessica Meyers.
What is Instagram for you?
For me Instagram is a tidy space to not only share my work but for me to tell a story through, in the most coherent way. My feed is a place which I can revisit when I’m lost or hit a block, and I’ll know where to take things, as I find that revisiting my initial project work gives me hints and creates a flow to my pieces despite working with such a range of media.
Why/ when did you decide to share your work there?
I started using Instagram in my early teens to start getting my work out there and as a means of getting feedback. However now it’s become a place where I can tell stories and themes that people are often uncomfortable talking about elsewhere. A lot of my work looks at the human condition and psychology, often touching on darker aspects. So now it’s became a place where I can share my experiences and people can empathise or be made more aware of these topics.
How would you describe your style?
I’m still very much in the process of creating a style I’m happy with. I enjoy experimenting with my work so this shows in the pieces I create. I think there is a very free and often natural aspect to my style which I like to contrast with more structured elements, I like to ensure my research is scientifically accurate and spend most of my time analysing the concept and the read of my pieces. I also like to hide metaphors, cross- references and symbolism to my work to portray different messages so the viewer can interact and add to the creation of the narrative based on themselves and their own knowledge and perception. My work used to be quite monochromatic but now as I move onto a new project my work has begun to take on bursts of colour.
What materials do you mainly work with?
The materials I work with are often soft and delicate, the main ones being sheer fabric which I like to manipulate and embellish. I also like working with found materials such as flowers and rusted wire, ones that can influence the narrative of the piece. I like using photography and film as the combination of the wearables, a set and the model being a character creates the perfect means of getting my story across. I like working with the body as well because I find the nude has connotations with vulnerability and like how this can be changed depending on the stance of the figure. Sometimes the wearable become a prop or tool for the character, and other times they are the character and the model is simply the messenger. I often find when editing my images I like to add some of the qualities found in the details to the photo, such as using transparencies.
Who has been or currently is influencing you?
One of my biggest influences in terms of wearables are Marchesa, I like their use of sheer fabrics and floral details .I also like to derive my influences from a variety of different fields, I find the work of Andreas Chadzis and Myroto Kampaloni very interesting, as the contrast in texture and space as compositional elements are brilliant for manipulating the viewers gaze and read. When looking at narrative and the human condition I often turn to literature and poetry, mostly that of Plath and Frost.