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jess bugler

Jess’s is a contemporary artist whose work explores complex ideas through interweaving traditional print processes with modern technology. She has won prizes at the Flourish Print Awards in 2017 and


My practice is based on the exploration of complex ideas and contemporary experiences through interweaving traditional print processes with modern technology.   

Previous work includes a series on the War in Syria, where I worked to illuminate the effect of modern wars viewed in glimpses through screens. In another body of work, Memory States, I explored the impact of trauma on memory. It aimed to evoke the extraordinariness of the traumatic narrative. Each piece, a different exploration of a state of memory.  Attempts to convey something ungraspable and incomplete.

 My latest series of work, created during my residency at Spike Island, is called SHARP LINES.  It is a series of pieces which again interrogate the impact of trauma.  It explores Auden’s “nuances of damage” and the fragility of our sense of self.  Each piece attempts to capture a sensation, played out through the repeating metaphor of pollarded trees.    This work uses the material qualities of print: - repetition; surface; layers to realise these portraits.  Unpicking the processes and exploiting the fragility of the prints and plates themselves.  It encompasses both traditional processes in wood engraving, linocut and drypoint and modern technology in sublimation and laser cutting. 


Forest Ghosts 2023

Forest Books 2023

Alone Together installation 2022

Enclosure III

Blue Glimpse

Black Glimpse



Imminent Absence

red stasis 1-3



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