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Bell Jars with Insects and Fairies

Bell Jars with Insects and Fairies

Organic material in bell jars

Dining Room

Courtesy the Artist and Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London


Tessa Farmer's miniscule scenes are painstakingly conjured from organic material such as roots and dead insects. Weaving a fantasy drawn from literature, legends and her own imagination, Farmer's winged creatures occupy a transitory state somewhere between life and death, between the beautiful and the uncanny.

These hybrid specimens encourage the visitor to notice the abundance of references to animals and mythological creatures in the furniture, textiles and motifs in this room, such as the chimaeras on the ceiling and the hoofed feet of the furniture.

Tessa Farmer

Tessa Farmer's sculptural forms and film work are at once darkly humorous and macabre. These are no Disney fairies with pastel coloured costumes: these fairies may bite or sting you if you come too close. Painstakingly made, these intricate creatures are the tormentors of the mini-beast world. Her works use our imaginations against us, invoking the nightmarish qualities of original folklore tales in the tortuous scenarios enacted by the gleefully wicked, but industrious sprites. 

Tessa Farmer has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Europe and in New York, as well as across Britain, most recently in London, where she has had solo exhibitions at The Crypt (with music by Amon Tobin) and at the Danielle Arnaud Gallery in 2011. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at many prestigious galleries worldwide, including the Saatchi Gallery in London and The State Hermitage Museum, in St Petersberg, Russia. Tessa was born in Birmingham and is now based in London.