Jessica Albarn is known for her beautifully detailed fine line drawings that feature insects and geometrical forms across paper, glass and wax. She sometimes incorporates pressed flowers and insects into her work by creating multi-layered pieces. Geometric shapes are repeated throughout the artist's work, and the use of the hexagon represents the productivity of the bee and how in life we are all connected.
At the heart of Albarn's practice is the idea of the meadow and how it is symbolic to us as a place of peace and serenity, and where life is played out in all its beauty and brutality.
Devoted to the bee, Albarn has worked alongside the BBCT (Bumblebee Conservation Trust) to raise awareness for the plight of the bee. She is currently developing a physical meadow in Devon to support the bees and local wildlife of the area as well as to 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. My work is an archive of the land in art form.” Jessica Albarn