Jessica Albarn is known for her beautifully detailed fine line drawings that feature insects and geometrical forms across paper, glass and wax. Her exquisite work focuses on ecology and the renewal of life, celebrating the small and endangered.
Albarn has exhibited extensively and has published two books that include her work, ‘Bee-headed’ and ‘The Boy in the Oak’. The latter has been made into a short film. Collaborations include Helmut Lang NYC for their ‘Spiderling’ collection and more recently she made her first stop motion film ‘Creation’, collaborating with Nick Powell and Sarah Willson of the band Oskar.
Devoted to the bee, Albarn has used her work to raise awareness and pay homage to their plight. She is currently developing a meadow in Devon to support the bees and local wildlife of the area as well as create a space to explore ideas and gather research. The meadow is a conservation art project designed to encourage two rare types of bee, the Blaeberry bumblebee and the Shrill Carder bee.
“I’ve long drawn inspiration from nature, particularly bees, and the meadow is my way of giving something back. I wanted to do the very best to encourage wildlife and support the ecosystem. Now in its second year, the meadow is still in development but Creation tells the story so far. My work is an archive of the land in art form.” Jessica Albarn