Jessica Thompson, ‘Unmould’ 2022. Acrylic paint on recycled plastic offcuts, overlaid over painted unstretched canvas. 109 x 77 cm Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist statement

“Unmould” speaks to my experience of resisting the mould in which I feel expected to squeeze within as a queer woman. These works originated out of grappling with feelings of inadequacy arising from striving to occupy space in a contrived way.

Gelatinous remnants of femininity collide with grasping hands. A messy celebration of queerness and intimacy. The panels obscure a mushroom spore print, a concealed queerness, as mushrooms can reproduce asexually by fragmenting themselves.

This work is regenerative; a step towards releasing myself.


Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.