JESSICA LAJARD

Born in 1985 in Libourne (FR) 

Lives and works in Seine-Saint-Denis (FR)


After growing up in the Caribbean Jessica Lajard moved to Paris to pursue her art studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris where she recieved her diploma in 2010. Jessica Lajard’s work is a repertoire of shapes freely inspired by popular imagery which are often combined with sexual illusions that flirt with the grotesque. Sometimes thought out in advance through drawing, her installations spread out in space just like they did during the 59th Salon of Montrouge (2014) where the artist plunged us into a textured post-card scenery, where she blended textile, ceramic elements and marble in a fizzy, pop and surreal atmosphere of shells and crustaceans. For her nomination at the Révélations Emerige 2015 she captured us in a more intimate and domestic installation with Somewhere Where the Grass is Greener.

She has participated to many group shows and fairs, and, after her residency at Ensa Limoges, her work was shown at the Musée National Adrien Dubouché – Cité de la céramique Sèvres & Limoges. In 2016 she had two major solo shows, Soft Spot at La Traverse, the Contemporary Art Centre of Alfortville (FR) and Out of the Blue at the François Mitterrand Cultural Centre in Beauvais (FR).

SOLO SHOW

2016

Dans les Cartons, Biennale Émergence de Pantin, Le Pavillon, Pantin (FR)
Soft Spot,
 CAC La traverse, Alfortville (FR)
Out of the Blue, Centre culturel F. Mitterand, Beauvais (FR)

2012

Scrambled, Galerie Bendana-Pinel, Paris (FR)

2010

Tea Time, Atelier Jean Luc Vilmouth, ENSBA, Paris (FR)

GROUP SHOW

2018

Ενηλικίωση, curated by Nikos Giavropoulos, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens (GR)

Politics of Discontent, cur. by Jonathan Sullam, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

L’arbre de Darwin, FRAC / Artothèque du Limousin – Nouvelle Aquitaine, Limoges (FR)

 

2017

KeramiK, Galerie Steinek, Wien (AT)

Tête à tête, Le Safran, Amiens (FR)

Constellation Pyrrhon, Espace Quark, Geneva (CH)

 

2016

The Collection, Irène Laub Gallery (FEIZI), Brussels (BE)
Kao Export LTD Global Tour #3, Museum Adrien Dubouché, Cité de la Céramique Sèvres & Limoges, Limoges (FR)
Programme Kaolin, Ensa, Limoges (FR)

2015

Empiristes, bourse Révélations Emerige, Paris (FR)

2014

Transit, Bazaar Compatible Program, Shanghai (CN)
1320°, JCI exhibition space, Jingdezhen (CN)

2013

Round The Rugged Rocks, Galerie Plateforme, Paris (FR)
Journées du Patrimoine, Manoir de Soisay, La Perrière (FR)
Pavillon Mais Presque, Le Pavillon, Pantin (FR)
Fifth Anniversary Show, Galerie Bendana-Pinel, Paris (FR)

2012

Bonus, Espace des Arts sans Frontières, Paris (FR)
Fonctions Obliques, Espace Eugène Beaudouin, Anthony (FR)
Dialogues, Musée de Gargilesse (FR)
Fairy Tales, La Chapelle des Petits-Augustins, Paris (FR)

2011

Grand Huit, l’Entre Deux, Pantin (FR)
Le Vent d’Après, Conservateur Jean de Loisy, Quais Malaquais, Paris (FR)
Le Jardin Éphémère, Jardin des Puces de Saint-Ouen, Saint-Ouen (FR) Parade, Abbaye Notre-Dame De Quincy, Centre d’Art de l’Yonne (FR)

2010

Spectral Lines, Galerie Bendana-Pinel, Paris (FR)
Winter Story, La kommune, Paris (FR)

2009

Carte Blanche à un collectionneur, Galerie Bendana-Pinel, Paris (FR)
Corridor, Central Saint Martin’s, London (UK)

2008

Première Vue, Passage de Retz, Paris (FR)

FAIR-EVENT

2018

Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)

2016

Yia Art Fair, Brussels (BE)

2014

Yia Art Fair, Paris (FR)
Salon de Montrouge, cur. by Stéphane Corréard, Le Beffroi, Montrouge (FR)

RESIDENCY

2016

CAC La traverse, Alfortville (FR)
Résidence « Terre/ Céramique », École d’Art de Beauvais (FR)

2014

Programme Kaolin, Jingdezhen (CN)

2013

July – Manoir de Soisay, La Perrière (FR)

PRIZE

2017

Finalist of the contest “Contemporary Talents”, François Schneider Foundation, Wattwiller (FR)

2015

Nominated for the Bourse Révélations Emerige, Paris (FR)

2014

Bourse Diane de Polignac (FR)
Prix des Amies des Beaux Arts (FR)
Prix Kristal, 59th Salon de Montrouge (FR)

2011

Prix de sculpture de la Fondation Joseph Epstein (FR)

COLLECTION

Blake Byrne Collection, (USA)