From October 8 to 29, 2021, the Sala Urazurrutia in BilbaoArte exhibits the work of the British artist Jessica Wetherly, who received a scholarship from BilbaoArte during 2020. This exhibition of sculpture and installation entitled “Tele.(gram) : frequencies of the forest” opens on October 8 at 7 p.m., with free entry with limited capacity.
The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Use of a mandatory mask.
Jessica Wetherly graduated with MA Sculpture from Royal College of Art 2019 and fellowship at University of Texas, Austin 2018. Recent Awards include: Broomhill National Sculpture Prize (2019); Gilbert Bayes Award, Royal Society of Sculptors (2020), DYCP, Art Council England (2021). Recent Exhibitions: Solo Net:Camouflage, Blackbox UCA Farnham and Song of the Siren, Korai Project Space, Cyprus. Group: Emergency 09, Aspex Gallery; ONE, Subsidiary Projects and San Mai Gallery; Residency, 269 Muse Gallery; Correspondence at Exeter Phoenix and Broadway Gallery and Ancient Deities, Arusha Gallery.
Jessica Wetherly is a London based artist working predominantly in sculpture and installation. Her practice reflects a fascination with both science and symbolism, presenting creatures in curious and surreal landscapes, evoking questions of agency in the face of ecological breakdown and climate emergency.
The work observes the ecology, culture and spirituality of people and places, and the way stories converge into folklore and science fiction. In this exhibition, Wetherly reflects on the wild and industrial landscape of the Basque Country. Observing the ubiquity of human effect on the landscape – a communication tower assimilating itself into the forest or a new highway next to a quarry of excavated rubble – she seeks to use this as a place to understand the frequencies and disturbances of vegetable, animal and mineral activity that creep into the margins, the gaps, and the periphery of a terrain which defies domestication.
In a rewilding of the imagination, she examines the landscape as a vibrant meeting and exchanging of matter, a place to resensitise ourselves to the lost languages of vibrations and photoelectrons to converse across barriers, to diversify our aesthetic and create suggestive spaces of not knowing. Wetherly questions what we see and believe through the limited perspective of the human sensory spectrum she builds a narrative where trees, plants and fungi are seen as persons, teachers, guardians and kin.