artist’s personal collection

jessica bradford

24.04.2013 - 11.05.2013


artist’s personal collection

Artist’s Personal Collection is an ongoing project that documents my practice of collecting.

In 2007 I started a collection of anonymous family photographs after discovering their existence in markets and second hand stores. I remain equally disturbed and fascinated by these intimate possessions being sold alongside manufactured collectibles and trinkets as cheap commodities. They exist for me as quasi-spiritual relics and a physical embodiment of history.

The works on show are painted reproductions based on photographs sourced from Sydney and Singapore. They are hand rendered individual photographs using the same ratio, onto plate metal with water activated dry media.This process of replication is intended to both honour the original artifact and complicate normative understandings of ownership and authorship.


Jessica Bradford is a Sydney-based emerging artist. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class Honours at COFA in 2011. In the same year received the William Fletcher Foundation Grant. In 2012 was awarded the Blacktown City Art Prize for Watercolour. She is in private and public collections.

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