Jess Bugler

A recent graduate, Bugler has won prizes at the Flourish Print Awards (2017) and the National Original Print Exhibition (2014).  She is the current recipient of the Peter Reddick Bursary Award and has exhibited in the International Print Biennale, the Royal West Academy Open Exhibition and as part of The Masters-Relief Print in the Bankside Gallery.  Her work examines complex ideas by interweaving traditional processes with modern technology.


This latest series of work explores traumatic memory, speaking from personal experience but not of it.  Instead it aims to evoke the extraordinariness of the traumatic narrative. Each piece is a different exploration of a state of memory, with many gaps between them.  They are not a narrative or in a logical sequence but attempts to articulate the ungraspable and incomplete.

“Fragments that lead us to understand or see the impossibility of understanding.” William Kentridge

Inspired by Jill Bennett’s exploration on how traumatic memory resists the normal processing of memory, and William Kentridge’s  writings on the forces of forgetting and the resistance of remembering, this body of work revisits Kentridge’s metaphor of the photocopier and uses the natural language of print: - repetition; layers and surface, to pursue the nature of such memories and their manifestations.