Jessica Rattray

Contact:
jessrattrayl@gmail.com
University/School:
University of the West of England
Location:
West England
Specialism:
Art DirectionAward NomineeFashion GraphicsFashion ImageFashion PublicationStyling
About Me

Hi, I’m Jess, a fashion communications graduate from UWE

I am a multi-disciplinary creative director and stylist exploring themes of the good, the bad, and the ugly detailing anti-beauty and dystopian society. My influences are sourcing from social media, influencer culture, pop culture and day-to-day life where I observe everything as an opportunity to be creative.

I am fascinated by the technological world we live in; dystopia is something that both frightens and inspires me, and I see it as a gateway to endless creative output. I mainly have interest in creative direction, I love coming up with unique ideas to explore and tell a story through my images and styling is just an element to compliment that. In my images, everything has a purpose and is a prop to the development of the character of the story.

INSPIRATION

My inspiration is sourced from the questions I am currently asking in that moment.

I enjoy exploring subjects revolving around obsession, kitsch, and sanity. Most of my work is derived from what I am experiencing in that moment; the questions I have and how I see the world. I use my work as an outlook to answer these questions, most of them being on life as a woman and collective experiences with mental health and human functionality.

In a sense my work plays into an art therapy aspect, when I make images based around something I am struggling with it helps me see it from a different perspective and eventually feeds into my own mentality turning it into something positive. I like to keep thinks fun and upbeat, using witty humour that comes from my own nostalgia, I am inspired by old cartoons, films and art that are personal to me, and hope to reach out to others that will understand my message.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

The Body Circus

The Body Circus is a publication I made about body dysmorphia through the lens of plastic surgery. I use nostalgic TV and cartoon references like the Kardashians, The Simpsons, and Pinocchio to bring humour and light onto something that I and many others struggle with. The main inspiration for the publication came from influencer culture and pop culture. It started from a deep dive into the sex doll industry and flourished into a exploration of prosthetics and anti-beauty.

“It will work. I’m a marketing genius.” Paris Hilton
Art DirectionAward NomineeFashion GraphicsFashion ImageFashion PublicationStyling
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