jesgamble

Philadelphia based installation artist.

head-covering, without my head inside…

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

Here before you is the head covering I have been callousing my fingers sewing. Along with the excitement of this piece being completed it means a leaping off into new work. A variety of projects including more head-coverings, video, photos, sculptural forms, and body-coverings. I do have fabric and thread in my possession, so I am thinking next project a head or body-covering. Eventually, an installation would be wonderful!

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

The Head-covering seen here looks differently in a variety of lighting scenarios which I was thoughtful of and used during different sewing sessions. Unfortunately, I did not photograph all of them due to exhaustion and deadlines. I am hoping however, that I will be exhibiting this piece or the prints of me wearing the head-covering in the city of Philadelphia next month. I will keep you updated on further news.

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

I took all together the other night over 1,400 photos. These include the photos of me wearing the head-covering which I will turn into prints. I will post these on my blog soon! Hopefully, in the upcoming week.

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

One thing I have been contemplating about if I can save up enough money is to create a very detailed translucent cast of my head for the “Head-covering” when being displayed. I have to ruminant on this for a while yet.

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

I will be submitting my work to a variety of exhibitions and so forth, wish me the best! I have a lot of ideas and work ahead along with the juggling of  life. I hope your juggles have been superb and bright! Till the next post…!

Head-covering and photo: Jessica Gamble, medium: nylon, embroidery and silk thread, plastic wrap, and packing tape, 2012

Head-covering (detail), photo: Jessica Gamble, 2012

Head-covering (detail), photo: Jessica Gamble, 2012

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update of lately

So unfortunately I have been blocked from my own email account causing some slight upset to my life. If you are curious as to how I did this just send me an email and I will tell you. Wait, don’t do that because I shan’t be able to answer you. But if you are interested you may leave me a comment here. The thoughts of my emails I can’t answer is  slightly grating…oy vey. In the midst of all this technical chaos I must say I am excited about the future. The head piece is coming along very nicely. As well as future deadlines I am involved in preparing submissions for, not to mention some surprise potential projects which include video! Oh, yes and finally finally I will be starting once more in the endeavors of my installation videos again. I will be releasing a small video sometime after the 15th of September!

Yesterday, (depending on when you read this) was Wednesday I wrapped my head in plastic wrap and packing tape to create a cast. This cast will be used for the textile headpiece you have been hearing me speak about. I won’t lie I was somewhat nervous about wrapping my own head in plastic wrap and tape especially when no one was home, just incase of a mishap and a lack of me being able to breath. Good thing, all went well except for a slight thumping of my forehead blood vessels after having my head in tape for a good 20-30 minutes plus. Here are some photos from the occasion.

This process of creating cheap and reasonably clean casts I believe comes form the  artist Mark Jenkins. I’m not entirely positive on this, he could have found the process one way or another and then took off with it for the needs of his own art.

Life has been fairly busy and crazy both good and bad, the photos of the textile piece will come hopefully soon. Must stay on task with deadlines fastly approaching. I say to you adieu and hope you are never blocked out of your own email account and that you are always able to breath if you so decide to cast your own head in plastic wrap and packing tape when no one is home. I didn’t tell you to do it by the way…and may you have a lovely day! More stuff to come soon!

while working

Below are a couple of pictures I took while working a few months back… Currently, I am in the midst of this project and hope to be done by mid-September. Today I took close to 300 photos preparing myself for the shoot setup as well as to create some beautiful imagery on quite a lovely day today. More pictures to come soon, I’m hoping in the next few days or so to have them up here. May you have a very wonderful Friday night.

 

 

The photo below I took last month.

Skin

Hello to you if you have found yourself looking at my blog, welcome. Below you will find photos of mine from the first skin that I created reaching approximately 6’x4.5′ in size. Of course I had experimented with test pieces as well as significantly smaller skins but it didn’t take me long until I drove in and decided to go bigger landing me at the 6’x4.5′ mark, which thus began my typical size my skin making so far… My skins when cold become stiff but once warmed, one way as simple as human touch, they move and become malleable. I wrap myself inside and stretch through the skin. The skins are transparent to opaque, allowing depending on the transparency the viewer to be able to see parts of me through the skin. I incorporate these skins in photos (for placing on a wall if you wish), installations, sculptural elements, and performances. Enjoy and more works to come!

p.s. You may enjoy clicking on each picture to get a closer look.

I stare silently at the probing flashes of colors and shapes spurring forth Lost somewhere inside my solitude, not focusing on what’s before me; just the beat of pulsing colors against my face.

 

 

 

 

 

Veil

Over 300 self-portraits from this shoot in 2009 and here is the release of some chosen portraits. These were taken in my room with a camera and tripod setup and myself. Soon I will be posting some more self-portraits from the, “Series of Self” collection, as well as some new self-protraits with the head piece I am currently engrossed in which is ever evolving. I hope you enjoy these portraits as well as are finding time to enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Lovely Stitchings

Image from performance: performer, installation and worn textiles: Jessica Gamble, videography: Daniel Brown, 2010-

If you are wondering as to why this project is still on-going, there is a video project in the works from this project. I will post more updates about the status of this video along with another short video project. I am also in the works to make prints of my works. I am interested in knowing what are good size options, so leave a message or comment as to what sizes you would like…

Shell

The images you see below are several from a process that has become widely known from the creator and artist Mark Jenkins. (click on his name to access the link to his website) I needed a particular way in which to present a piece of mine and a friend suggested this may be an appropriate process for me. Indeed it was… Even though these images are perhaps not final photographs there is no reason as to not to enjoy them.