Ep. 5 | Jessica Elleray

Travelling has given me such a respect for how places and contexts shape communities and vice versa … I think it has given me understanding and it is an influence on my work.


Let’s go to Yuanming Yuan, the Old  Summer Palace, in China … a tragic place looted by the English and French armies, that inspired one of Jessica’s latest pieces.

In this episode I talk to multidisciplinary artist and writer Jessica Elleray and we go deep into some sensitive topics such as  cultural appropriation. On the fun side, we discovered that we are very similar: Jessica’s obession with Italy – a place that feels like home to her but that, weirdly enough, she has no connection with – is very similar to my own obession with Ireland. And now I have to ask, are we both alone in this or is there anyone else who has found his or her spiritual home in some faraway land?

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Yuanming Yuan collection of sculptures by Jessica Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).
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Yuanming Yuan collection (horse) by Jessica Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).
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Yuanming Yuan collection (rat) by Jessical Elleray. (Source: Jessica Elleray).

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Ep. 4 | Geoff Rushton

I like the idea of leaving work in the landscape … creating something where it has fallen, where the environment has nurtured it, and leaving it there for people to randomly stumble accross.

Want to take a hike through the beautifully desolate landscape of North Yorkshire?

That’s where artist and sculptor Geoff Rushton took me one stormy day in October 2017. But, first of all, let me tell you the story of how I met him. One day someone told me about this artist who lived in a yurt in the middle of the woods. And as soon as I heard this, I knew I had to interview this person. So I got in touch with Geoff, and he was really kind, and he invited me to see his yurt. I took a train and went all the way to North Yorkshire. I got to see the yurt – which is really beautiful and majestic and as dreamlike as you are imagining right now – and also his studio. I love seeing where other artists work, I feel it’s a privilege. In this interview, we focus on the idea of places and landscape and how important these can be for an artist, since they shape not only the creative process but also the artwork itself.

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Geoff’s yurt (Source: Inés G. Labarta).
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Geoff’s studio (Source: Inés G. Labarta).
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Geoff’s studio (Source: Inés G. Labarta).

Connect with Geoff

Website  / Facebook