Jess Bradford (b.1987 Singapore) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Sydney. Her work explores intersections of fiction and reality in relation to memory, history and narrative. Bradford’s current work approaches these concepts by using a personal collection of found photographs. She replicates photographs in her collection in painting, and places them with or within fabricated theatrical structures. Fundamental to her practice are the many ways that photographic objects can be interpreted and encountered, from historical document to images that invite speculative imaginings.
Bradford is undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts by Research and has received the Australian Postgraduate Award. She has been a finalist in the John Fries Memorial Prize, the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, and the Jenny Birt Award. Bradford has participated in solo and group exhibitions across various Artist Run Initiatives and Regional Galleries, including Firstdraft Gallery, 2013; Archive Space, 2014; Penrith Regional Gallery, 2013; and Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, 2014. Bradford has been awarded the Blacktown City Art Prize for watercolour in 2012 and 2013. She is in private collections and under the public acquisition of the Ford Land Company.