Selected works by Tessa Farmer

Tessa Farmer
Swarm

2004

Mixed media

Vitrine: 208.3 x 243.8 x 68.6 cm

Made from desiccated insect remains, dried plant roots, and other organic ephemera, Tessa Farmer’s tiny sculptures give a glimpse into the world of fairies. No story book land of Tinkerbells, Farmer’s Swarm envisions the purveyors of mischief and magic as an actual species, as animalistic and Darwinian as any other. Exchanging Victorian romanticism for the darker pragmatism of science, Farmer evidences her specimens as fearsome skeletal fiends, plausible “hell’s angels” of a microscopic apocalypse. Posed in dramatic battle formations, Farmer’s menagerie wages war against garden variety pests; each figure, painstakingly hand crafted and adorned with real insect wings, stands less than 1 cm tall.


Other Resources

claphamartgallery.com
Additional information including images and biographical information on Tessa Farmer

newcontemporaries.org.uk
Images and information on Tessa Farmer

we-make-money-not-art.com
Information about Tessa Farmer

ngca.co.uk
Link to PDF file with Tessa Farmer article

rolloart.com
Tessa Farmer solo show planned for 2007