The Enabling Power, 2014
Dimensions: 540 x 420mm, unframed
Edition of 50
This print was specially commissioned for the Foundling Museum's 2014 exhibition Progress and the 250th anniversary of the death of artist and Foundling Hospital patron William Hogarth. The print is a contemporary response to Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, exploring progress as a concept through urban gentrification. This is the third work from Brennan's series A Fall of Ordinariness and Light, acquired by the V&A in 2016.
Jessie Brennan lives and works in London. Her practice explores the representation of existing and imagined places through drawing and dialogue, informed by their social histories and changing contexts. Brennan graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007 and has since exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions and projects including: Adrift on Life’s Tides, Rochester Art Gallery, Kent (2013, solo); Coup de Ville, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (2013); Cities & Eyes, Marian Cramer Projects, Netherlands (2012, solo); Everything Meets Here, Art on the Underground, London (2012); Celeste Prize 2012, Centrale Montemartini, Italy (2012); SPACE Satellite Projects: The Cut, SPACE, London (2011); And Then Again, Lisbon City Museum, Portugal (2010).
In 2012 Brennan was Contemporary Talents Winner (Drawing Category), François Schneider Foundation, France, and has received many other awards including the Artist’s International Development Fund from Arts Council England (2013), Second Prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2011) and in 2006 received a Leverhulme Trust Bursary. She is an educator and visiting lecturer at a number of universities in the UK.