Artist Jessica Harrison has reimagined the classic porcelain figurine. The idealized delicate sculptures, draped in ornate ball gowns, have one glaring difference from what’s on display at grandma’s house… they are covered in tattoos!
The collection, entitled The Painted Ladies, continues the artist’s exploration of “the relationship between the interior and exterior spaces of the body and how these two elements coexist.”
Jessica first became fascinated with porcelain figurines as a child. She would stare at her mother’s collection of sculptures, imagining them as real humans and what would happen to them if they moved or bled just like her. In an earlier figurine collection she channeled these childhood fantasies and gave the sculptures gory details like a decapitated head, slit throat, exploding organs, etc.
Based in Scotland, Jessica studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2000, going on to do an MFA before completing a practice-led PhD in sculpture in 2013, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
We’ll never look at grandma’s curio quite the same way again!