Jesseca Ferguson, Portrait of an Artist's Daughters (before restoration) 1, 2000, cyanotype

Portrait of an Artist’s Daughters (before restoration) 1, 2000, cyanotype

Jesseca Ferguson

A flickering dream fragment, a half-glimpsed image of a face, an old book found by chance at a used bookstore, an animal skull: these are some of the images and objects I find washed up on the shores of my studio. (At times I go “hunting” and watch for an object or book, which surely waits for me if I only make myself available). Objects are “set up” in sculptural situations, in my hope that their chance encounters will provoke a visual dialogue. The resultant pinhole photographs (and the array of objects I use and re-use to make them) constitute my “ museum of memory.”

As it is written in the Talmud:
“If thou wouldst know the invisible, look well upon the visible.”

Jesseca Ferguson, a resident of Boston, Massachusetts, received her Masters of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She has shown at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA; the University of Rhode Island; the University of Massachusetts; SOHO Photo Gallery in NYC; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Print Club in Philadelphia; and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Arizona. Her images have been published in Art on Paper, View Camera, Art New England, The Boston Globe, PHOTOGRAPHY Quarterly, and The Boston Phoenix. Jesseca has been a lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art since 1993 and was an associate professor at the Art Institute of Boston.