The Art of Jessica Voorsanger


The Art of Jessica Voorsanger


27 × 20 cm | 10 × 8 in
130 ills | 192 pages

Editor: Jean Wainwright
Contributors: Kathy Kubicki, Dr Jean Wainwright, Louisa Buck, Emily Druiff, Deborah Robinson, Ralph Rugoff


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The Art of Jessica Voorsanger is a comprehensive monograph of multimedia artist Voorsanger’s work, dealing with the subjects of popular culture and celebrity, identity, obsession, escapism, and the changing relationship between the fan and the idol.

The book explores a range of her work, from karaoke performances, kitsch installations, paintings and sculpture, with a particular focus on new work emerging from her ongoing project, The Impostor Series. By using humour and parody in The Impostor Series, her work is also able to tackle tough topics including her personal cancer treatment, gender politics, and the discomfort that we can feel as an audience through humour.

As a book The Art of Jessica Voorsanger operates on the same plain as the world she is critiquing, the design itself drawing on celebrity annuals, memories of falling in love with David Cassidy, and a childhood spent celebrity-spotting in New York’s Upper East Side. The publication takes on board all of the playfulness, seriousness and vibrance of Voorsanger’s work, contributing to the wide-reaching current discussion in society around celebrity in an engaging way.

Although she has featured in several publications, this book has particular significance as it is the first specific to her work.