Armour studies (Regarding Skin) uses the body as both vessel and surface. Employing self-portraiture Jessa hovers on the edge of being the material and subject as she explores the connection between her form and the exterior world.

Describing her shape as provocation she interrupts the surface of photographs using sewing needles to puncture hand-made prints, either embroidering or creating textural adornments suggestive of lace and engraved metal: violent acts making delicate marks.

In perforating this exterior layer she invites the viewer to think of the skin not only as an embodiment of selfhood but as a body that touches and is touched. Her concerns originate in attempts to identify feelings beyond the shape of the person seen, instead confronting gestures of fallibility and the body’s relentless failures.

This ongoing work brings together pieces where she performs within the image and upon it, cladding her physical identity in armour to protect it from her own disappointments and the viewer’s scrutiny.