Anna McNay

Portfolio: Jesc Bunyard


Portfolio: Jesc Bunyard

“I have become accustomed to the darkness,” smiles Jesc
Bunyard. “I spent most of the third year of my BA in the darkroom.” While the
artist might be toiling away in the dark, Bunyard’s audience get to luxuriate
in the sumptuously rich colours of the photograms that she produces – like
cells of dye, they seem to breathe and expand as you gaze upon them.

Photography has always run through Bunyard’s practice,
although filmic work grew within the second year of her BA at Goldsmiths
(completed in 2013), where she also established a music group, comprising
fellow artists and musicians. “Initially this developed out of a desire to push
the photograph beyond its two-dimensional boundaries. I want the medium to be
seen as something more than just a picture you can hang on a wall. So, I
started by displaying my photograms alongside a soundtrack I created.” For Photo Piece, a collaboration with The
Angel Orchestra, Bunyard’s photograms were used by the musicians as a visual
score for an improvised piece, performed at a classical concert, with no
warning to the audience. This intervention was described as “anarchic” by one
of the musicians involved. A baritone horn player herself, Bunyard laughs: “I
like to think of myself as setting up the parameters for a work and then
unleashing it in order for it to be experienced and participated in.”

Jesc Bunyard will be
showing two film works at Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach, Florida, 4-6 June 2015.
She is a finalist in their juried art competition

She will also be
showing some of her film works at the Wysing Arts Centre annual art and music
festival, Space-Time: The Multiverse, on 5 September 2015

To see the full portfolio and enjoy the images, please see the June 2015 print issue of DIVA magazine