Ep. 5 | Jessica Elleray

Travelling has given me such a respect for how places and contexts shape communities and vice versa … I think it has given me understanding and it is an influence on my work.


Let’s go to Yuanming Yuan, the Old  Summer Palace, in China … a tragic place looted by the English and French armies, that inspired one of Jessica’s latest pieces.

In this episode I talk to multidisciplinary artist and writer Jessica Elleray and we go deep into some sensitive topics such as  cultural appropriation. On the fun side, we discovered that we are very similar: Jessica’s obession with Italy – a place that feels like home to her but that, weirdly enough, she has no connection with – is very similar to my own obession with Ireland. And now I have to ask, are we both alone in this or is there anyone else who has found his or her spiritual home in some faraway land?

Yuanming Yuan 1
Yuanming Yuan collection of sculptures by Jessica Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).
Yuanming Yuan 2_ Horse
Yuanming Yuan collection (horse) by Jessica Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).
Yuanming Yuan 3_rat
Yuanming Yuan collection (rat) by Jessical Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).

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