Skarfe has just released our third, much anticipated artist collaboration, this time with acclaimed artist Jess Johnson. Johnson knows about the visual clash of human worlds. Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, Johnson was based in Melbourne for ten years and has now permanently relocated to eventful, visually abundant New York. Johnson is known for installation and video work as well as works on paper: densely imagined explorations of dystopic worlds, reflecting her interest in science fiction, parallel universes, outsider art and comic books. And her patterned, speculative graphics with their recurring human figuration – people caught in the contortions of sleeping, yoga or sex – are perfect for translation on to foldable, wearable fabrics.
Three of Johnson’s works, Gilgamesh, Flesh Screensaver, and Wallpaper, have been digitally printed then hand-finished in a limited edition range of oversized silk scarves. Gilgamesh is a gorgeous medley of bright pattern and epic scope inspired by the ancient Babylonian poem. Flesh Screensaver and Wallpaper show ritualised, tessellated human forms on a delicate pale and a rich dark background respectively.
Johnson’s collaboration with Skarfe follows her solo NGV exhibition Wurm Haus and relocation to New York on the coveted Australia Council’s Green Street Studio residency. Skarfe's prior artist collaborations include works made with Lucas Grogan and Kushana Bush. For further information about Jess Johnson, visit her website.