Jess Wiesner works primarily in performance, video, image making and sculpture. Her work evolves from the relationship between structures and subjectivity, representation, abstraction and ‘reading’. She often focuses on things that occur by accident whilst the planned ‘thing’ is happening – of making and of history, including the private space of the individual. She hones in on details from everyday life to reveal hidden structures, patterns of behaviour, reproductive processes; interweaving public social systems with personal histories to explore contemporary feminist discourse in order to uncover a new reading of an original encounter, memory or event. At Cove Park Wiesner will develop new work and build, in part, upon a one-off live performance ‘Scanner Go Lightly’ presented at Chisenhale Gallery, London, in 2015.
Cove Park’s UK Visual Arts Residencies support established visual artists based in the United Kingdom. These residencies enable artists to develop new work and, in many cases for the first time, to spend a prolonged period living and working in Scotland. Recent residents include Adam Chodzko, Ruth Claxton, Mike Cooter, Chris Evans, Ruth Ewan, Melissa Gordon, Anja Kirschner, Olivia Plender, Margaret Salmon, Cara Tolmie and Alison Turnbull.
Image: ‘Teenager with viagra’, sculpture detail, 2015