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Fairbrother, Jessa
Green goddess (armour study).
Physical Description:
1 photograph : lambda c-type photograph with silk-thread hand embroidery and natural specimens ; 41 x 31 cm, in mat 61 x 51 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2018 11c
Yale Center for British Art, acquired with funds from the Bequest of Daniel S. Kalk
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Related Content:
View catalog record for: Fairbrother, Jessa. Conversations with my mother.
"This particular piece of work began during the same time I was making Conversations with my mother in 2013 but I put it aside and came back to it a few years later--it seemed to be about something different in tone. It shows some of my early thoughts about armour [a new project], where I began to embellish the face with markings to mimic helmets. This wasn't right for the book, which [was] about my mother and I being at our most vulnerable and having no defenses at all ... My practice strongly revolves around the use of archetypes and how they permeate our everyday actions ... I [have spent] a long time thinking about the role of Mother--what it has meant to lose mine and how I cannot inhabit this role myself. I suspect much of my armour work that [has] followed Conversations with my mother is concerned with the Warrior archetype: literally defending myself against the role I cannot be, and against future narratives that are imposed upon me."--Artist's statement.
Title from artist's certificate of authenticity.
Subject Terms:
Botanical specimens.
Fairbrother, Jessa.
Grief in art.
Vulnerability (Personality trait)
Women in natural history.
Chromogenic color prints.
Embroidery (visual works)
Fairbrother, Jessa. Conversations with my mother.

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