» B.L Jesseph

B.L Jesseph

Artist

Statement

B.L. Jesseph has developed their own technique of using tattoo equipment and practices in an unconventional context—not on skin, but on paper. Their current focus blurs the boundaries of the art of tattooing and fine art, as they alter a process of body modification through an atypical medium.

Jesseph uses a tattoo machine and needles to create pieces that aren’t formed with ink, but rather solely through the impact of the needle on paper. Meticulously creating patterns through the ripping of fiber with a fine steel instrument. Taking a meditative approach to each piece, they build on details and creates lines as close together as possible on paper—a contrast to the restriction of avoiding tattooing lines close together on skin, as over time such lines blend into one another.

Although the processes of tattooing skin and paper are very different, the idea of permanence and the inability to erase still apply. When skin is tattooed, trauma is brought to the organ through needle penetration to inject ink. Tattooing on paper mimics this process in a way that essentially tears up the fiber, and often no other material is added to the paper. The paper is reconfigured in an alternative way that allows a reverse embossment to appear.

Working solely in monochrome, this work separates itself from the often stark contrast of ink on skin. This encourages the viewer to get intimate with the artwork without having to ask permission as you would to observe a person’s tattoo on their skin.

Bio

B. L. Jesseph was born in the United States where they earned a BFA with a concentration in Sculpture and a secondary in Printmaking. They have recently returned to the USA after living and working as an artist in Berlin, Germany for two years. They have also resided in Beijing, Shanghai, and Köln. Jesseph is currently applying for MFA programs and art residencies within Europe and Asia.

Aside from tattooing, Jesseph works with a variety of mediums including etching, sculpture, film, and photography—exploring reality theories, quantum physics, alchemy, and the recorded emotional response to patterns and textures in the brain.

2005-2008 Sculpture Monitor, Sculpture Department, Appalachian State University, USA

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BFA Sculpture, Secondary Printmaking, Appalachian State University, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Solo Exhibition, EASTCO, Shanghai, China

Group Exhibitions

2018
AKA Gallery. Submissions 2, Berlin, Germany

2017
Green Hill Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2016
48 Hour Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

2015
48 Hour Neukölln, Der Kanal, Berlin, Germany

2014
Connect Me, Basement 6, Shanghai, China
Untitled Group Exhibition, G1 Gallery, Shanghai, China

2011
BFA Exhibition, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, NC

2010
Art Expo, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Juried, Appalachian State University, NC

2009
Art Expo, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Juried, Appalachian State University, NC

2008
Art Expo, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Juried, Appalachian State University, NC
Untitled Group Exhibition, The Nth Gallery, NC, USA

2007
Art Expo, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Juried, Appalachian State University, NC
Untitled Group Exhibition, The Nth Gallery, NC, USA

2006
Art Expo, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Juried, Appalachian State University, NC
Untitled Group Exhibition, The Nth Gallery, NC, USA

Major Collections

2013
EASTCO GT, China
2011 Appalachian State University, USA

Grants & Awards

2016
Scout Finch Foundation-Research Grant, Boarders and Nations, Berlin, Germany

2011
Appalachian State Purchase Award, What Used To Be, Art Expo, Appalachian State University, NC, USA
Faculty Pick: Printmaking, What Used To Be,
Art Expo, Appalachian State University, NC, USA

2008
Best in Show, Untitled, Art Expo, Appalachian State University, NC, USA

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