Tessa Farmer

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Tessa Farmer
Born 1978
Birmingham, UK
Education The Ruskin, Oxford - BA 2000, MA 2003
Known for Sculpture
Notable work Miniature Worlds at the Jerwood Space, The Mouse That Roared at Project 133 in Peckham, and The Terror at Firstsite in Colchester.

Tessa Farmer (born 1978, Birmingham, UK) is an artist based in London. Her work, made from insect carcasses, plant roots and other found natural materials, comprises hanging installations depicting Boschian battles between insects and tiny winged skeletal humanoids.[1]

She received her BA in 2000 and her MA in 2003 from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. Subsequent awards include the Vivien Leigh Prize, a sculpture residency in King's Wood, Challock, Kent, and a Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award. Her work is in the collections of the Saatchi Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum among others.[2]

In 2007, Farmer was chosen for the final shortlist of The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award.[3]

In 2015, she won the BSFA Award for Best Artwork 2014, for an installation inspired by The Wasp Factory from Iain Banks.[4]


Her great grandfather is Arthur Machen - author of The Great God Pan, and The White People. Tessa was unfamiliar with Machen's work until a member of The Friends of Arthur Machen drew her attention to similarities between some of Machen's stories and Tessa's own work. Since then, Machen has become an influence in her artwork.[5]


  1. ^ Tessa Farmer, Axis feature
  2. ^ http://www.newcontemporaries.org.uk/artist_single.php?aid=29
  3. ^ CampbellJohnston, Rachel; Gatti, Tom (8 January 2008). "Breakthrough Award the shortlist". The Times. London. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Flood, Alison (7 April 2015). "British Science Fiction awards honour 3D Wasp Factory". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "In Conversation With Tessa Farmer" (PDF). Antennae. 1 (3): 16–24. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 

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