Tessa Farmer


Tessa Farmer is known for her captivating minuscule sculptures crafted from desiccated insect remains, dried plant roots and other organic ephemera which transport the onlooker to an animalistic world of fairies captured at pivotal junctures of their interpreted existence.
Farmer exchanges Victorian romanticism for the darker pragmatism of science, evidencing her specimens as fearsome skeletal fiends, plausible “hell’s angels” of a microscopic apocalypse. Each figure, painstakingly hand crafted and adorned with real insect wings, stands less than 1 cm tall and takes three hours to create.
Farmer was born in Birmingham and is based in London. She received her BA in 2000 and her MA in 2003 from the Ruskin, Oxford. Subsequent awards include the 2013 Discerning Eye Award - Meynell Fenton Prize, Vivien Leigh Prize, a sculpture residency in King's Wood, Challock, Kent, and a Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award. In 2007 she was nominated for The Times/ The South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. Her work is in collections worldwide, including: Saatchi Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum and the David Roberts Collection.