STUDIO VISIT: JONNY BRIGGS
November 7, 2010, by Pennytristram, Pennytristam.wordpress.com
Jonny Briggsâ€™ studio is 3 floors up on Kensington Gore at the RCA. Itâ€™s where his weird, surreal and quirky photo props begin their lives. When I visited Jonnyâ€™s studio a few weekends ago, I was greeted by an in-progress model of his Dadâ€™s head.
Penny- How are you making the model of your Dadâ€™s head?Jonny- Basically I love faking things in my work, and I wanted to fake one of the old statues, where you have busts of people, and I wanted him to be like a pawn as well, like a chess pawn. You can see from the back that it is pawn-like.
P- Do you do it through observation, or how does it work exactly?
J- This was made from a 3d scan of the head, and then it became a digital file which you could revolve on the computer, and then I inverted the nose so that the nose goes into the head instead of out of it, and then it continues as a Pinocchio nose that goes through the head.
P- Whatâ€™s the significance of the Pinocchio nose? I â€™ve seen those in the photos on your website.
J- A lot of times in my work I am compensating for the lost parts of my childhood, and I find that a lot of my work is recreating my childhood through adult eyes, because I am an adult now, so inevitably there are going to be collisions between adult and childhood fantasies. I find that Pinocchio in particular is very associated with childhood and with lies and deception, which I like, as I love exploring the boundary between real and fake in my work. Thereâ€™s also a suggestively there, like itâ€™s incredibly phallic, and it brings to life the phallic nature of the nose itself, so by inverting it, it becomes quite vaginal.
YOUNG BRITISH ARTISTS 2.0 TRY TO MAKE WAY IN WAKE OF HIRST AND CO
Jan 2012, by Alex Needham, Guardian
Meanwhile, Royal College of Art graduate Jonny Briggs has defied Dovey's dire prediction and has sold work to Saatchi, But the days of Hirst and the Young British Artists (YBAs) â€“ when this would have been a fast track to stardom â€“ have long passed.
In October Briggs, 26, won New Sensations, a competition created by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 to find Britain's most talented art graduate.
His work documents his attempts to "connect with his childhood self", and includes a photograph of him wearing a giant wooden mask made to look like his father's face.
This theme could be taken as making a virtue out of necessity; Briggs cannot afford to move out of his parents' home, though he does rent a studio in a former factory in south London "where Twiglets were invented".