This week, a dear friend and collaborator from our mutual Amsterdam days (back in the spring of 2014 to be exact), Jessica Tucker aka Fetter, will be showing at Art Rotterdam 2019.
Fetter’s music and performances defy categorization, and Jessica’s work handily straddles the art world and the music industry. She has performed in venues ranging from such hallowed institutions as the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ (the most important venue for contemporary music in the Netherlands) and the Huis Marseilles to the OCCII, an independent and alternative venue and cultural community center, which stemmed out of the squatter movement. And that is in Amsterdam alone. These days, Jessica is based in Chicago and divides her time between there and Amsterdam.
This evening, Jessica is debuting new video and sculpture work at the Mondriaan Fonds’ Prospects & Concepts exhibition at Art Rotterdam. The art fair runs from February 6-10.
Here’s a little preview of the video work:
The image below is Jessica/Fetter as I styled her in a custom bustier I made in the spring of 2014. What’s not visible is the bustier’s cutaway shape in the back—so it subtly resembled a tailcoat. Jessica was such a great sport when I painted black latex bands on her for the photoshoot we did at the NDSM Wharf, not knowing that I was meant to prep her skin beforehand. Oops.
The second shot is Fetter playing at the Melkweg in Amsterdam. We deliberately chose deep blue tones to tie into the gorgeously dreamy and abstractly aquatic animation Jessica created, which was projected on the stage. You can see a bit of it here in the background:
photos: Bernd Ott
Can you tell us a bit about your piece at Art Rotterdam?
The work I’ll be showing at Art Rotterdam is from a current series I’ve been calling “Replicas and Relics.” In this series, I’ve been interested in the instability of identity and the kind of essential human project of self-awareness. I’ve been trying to develop a way to reflect on media languages and tropes of self-expression and communication in a way that is at once discerning and sincere, creating possibilities for an unusual kind of intimacy. The series is modular and iterative, featuring various video, performance, music, and sculptural elements. In this particular iteration, I’m including a 1-channel video and two large hand-shaped soft sculptures upon which viewers sit while they watch the video.
One thing I’ve recently discovered is an affinity for sewing, a newly acquired skill. I look forward to making more interactive sculptures with fabric, bringing in more of the sense of touch in how people can experience my work. In general, I’m really enjoying strategies I’m developing for bringing together all the different mediums I work with in more meaningful combinations that really enhance each other and make the experience more totally enveloping for audiences. I’m excited to work with a few experimental galleries in Chicago to show some more of these installations and performance works. I’m also planning on putting out a record that’s been in the works for a good couple of years now, and taking some time to tour while school’s out for summer!