Tessa Farmer Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Tessa Farmer


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.

Tessa Farmer's Biography

Tessa Farmer
Born in 1978 in Birmingham, UK
Lives and works in London


Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York

Little Savages, Natural History Museum, London
Infestation, Assembly:Art in the bar, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

The Terror, Firstsite, Colchester

New Work, Museum of Oxford

Kalmthout Arboretum, Belgium

Touch Wood, Rochester Art Gallery, following Stour Valley Arts residency

Dolphin Gallery, St John’s College, Oxford


Newspeak, British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London

The Animal Gaze, London
Group show, Danielle Arnaud, London
Wrap Your Troubles in a Dream, Lautom, Oslo (curated by Power Ekroth)
In Transit Ladbroke Grove London (commissioned by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to make site specific work for Portobello Road)
Animal Magic, Eleven, London
Tatton Park Biennial, Knutsford, (May- September)
Locked In, The Visible Casino, Luxembourg
Gothic, Fieldgate Gallery, London

The Future Can Wait, London
Les Fleurs du Mal, Primo Alonso, London ( curated by John Stark)
Growing Wild, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (curated by Jane Neal)
Am Schlimmsten nicht im Sommer sterben, Nassauische Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, COMA, Berlin
Shibboleth, Dilston Grove Southwark Park, London
Obsession, Sartorial Art, London
The Mouse That Roared, Project 133, Peckham
Where The Wild Things Are, with Laura Youngson Coll, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London
London Art Fair, Projects Area, Clapham Art Gallery
New Figurative Realism, Clapham Art Gallery
International Arts Pestival, London Wetland Centre
Repatriating The Ark, Museum of Garden History
Miniature Worlds, Jerwood Space

Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary Exhibition
Zoo Art Fair, with Museum 52
Berliner Liste Art Fair, with Clapham Art Gallery
The Unlimited Dream Company, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Radar, Empire Gallery, London
Thinking the Unthinkable, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
New Sculpture, Museum 52, Redchurch Street, London
The Young Ones, Said Business School, Oxford

Forever Beautiful, Clapham Art Gallery, London
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Curve Gallery, Barbican
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, The Coach Shed, Liverpool
Il Casa delle Ombres (House of Shadows), Antiquariato di Germana Cavalli, Tuscany

Ruskin MA Show
Seedy Rushes, University of Oxford Botanic Gardens

Tweede Natuur, Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery, Antwerp

Ruskin School Degree Show
Magdalen College Oxford

BILDUNG, Edinburgh Festival, Chessels Gallery
Look Both Ways, Pembroke College, Oxford
The Pirye Prize (short-listed), Oxford University Press