Jessica Voorsanger


Jessica Voorsanger is an American artist living in London. She trained as a painter at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) in 1987 and later received her MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (now part of London University) in 1993. She makes work exploring popular culture with a particular fascination with celebrity. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the fan and the celebrity. This is explored through obsession, souvenirs, sound and image. She uses a range of different media from performance, painting & installation to beadwork and mail art. She has had one person exhibitions in London, New York, Edinburgh, Turin and Berlin.

Often she explores performance and viewer participation within her projects. For the How to Improve the World: 60 Years of the Arts Council Collection exhibition at the Hayward Gallery she did her “Impostors” and “Fan-a-grams” performances. In “Impostors” she dressed up as artists from the collection and interacted with the public, more specifically David Hockney, Francis Bacon & Henry Moore. And “Fan-a-grams” is based on the idea of a telegram but instead of receiving a message the recipient receives a group of screaming fans demanding their autograph.

She has shown at the Serpentine Gallery in the exhibition Hearing Voices, Seeing Things, has exhibited recently in Germany (Galerie 33-FON, Berlin and Kornhausen Gallerie, Aschaffenburg) as well as recently completing projects with New Art Gallery Walsall (“Stage Struck” as part of Star Struck), The ICA and Art on the Underground entitled “Mystery Train” and The Whitechapel Art Gallery as the first recipient of The Children‟s Gallery Commission in 2009.

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