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Meet the judges - Jessica Staple, 2019


Since 2016, Jessica Staple has co-directed Black Ink. Collective, a collective of printmakers, educators and artists based in South Africa. Black Ink. members are committed to effecting change within local communities. The collective hosts regular workshops, exhibitions and collaborations in Stellenbosch and Port Elizabeth.

Jessica is herself a draughtsman and printmaker, and her artistic practice is inspired by the materials, methodologies and histories of the media in which she works. Together with these interests, she explores various local histories and underworld mythologies and folk tales, often characterised by themes of creation and transformation.

She has participated in various solo and group shows, including the Venice Biennale in 2015 and her work is held in the permanent collection of theInternational Print Biennale Yerevan, Armenia.

Jessica graduated with distinction from Stellenbosch University with a BA majoring in English Studies, and a BA VA (cum laude). She then went on to complete an MA VA, graduating cum laude. She received the Rector’s Award as the Top Masters Student in the academics category in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

PPC Imaginarium

While at Stellenbosch University, Jessica worked as an arts educator and printmaking technician. She facilitated public drawing classes and hosted workshops in collaboration with the Stellenbosch University Museum’s Access to Visual Arts Programme.

Jessica currently resides in Port Elizabeth where she works as an ad hoc lecturer at the Nelson Mandela University. In 2018, she was invited to participate in the ‘AIR’ residency programme. Her daily tasks during the six-month programme included consulting with students, assisting with the general management of the printmaking studios and giving demonstrations.

This is the first year that she will form part of the judging panel for the PPC Imaginarium Awards and she will act as a regional judge for the Eastern Cape.

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