Breathing in Art – Jessica Harby

Breathing In Art is a new series by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art to support and promote mask wearing whilst celebrating and featuring selected artists. Whilst we’re amid a global pandemic and wearing masks to protect ourselves and others is part of everyday life, we’re inviting artists to design a range of masks that will be available to the public.

The next in this series comes from Jessica Harby. Jessica is an American artist living and working in Northampton, as well as Assistant Director at Fermynwoods and host of the Fermynwoods Podcast. Her practice encompasses drawing, installation, video, sound and performance and mixes the delicate, the brutal, the absurd and the serious.

Gods and Monsters is a 2019 series of hand-lettered postcards, all with the same message, sent to authorities in the artist’s life: UK Home Office; Arts Council England; the U.S. Embassy in London; Northamptonshire County Council; and the artist’s parents. While these original postcards addressed specific uncertainties and anxieties of identity, worth, and nationality at the time, those feelings of unease and loss of control have extended a year later to include the current public health crisis.

The design on this mask is the postcard sent to Northamptonshire County Council.

Jessica Harby

To order this mask design for just £20 including P&P click on the product image below to order from our online store.

We are working with a sustainable supplier who make everything in the UK through ethical employment practices, with eco-friendly inks, FSC certified materials and water-free manufacturing. The masks are made to order, and any fabric waste is given free to creatives to repurpose instead of sending to landfill.

Look out for more Breathing in Art designs in the coming weeks.