Photographer Jessica Tremp was born in Switzerland, but has made Melbourne her home since moving there when she was 18 years old. In the past couple of years she has focussed on photography, often using herself as a model in her work. Jessica's photography has featured in various magazines across the globe and she has been recognised in industry-focussed prizes. In 2010 she was a finalist for best emerging photographer in Australia by The Projections. This year she won Gold at the Prix de la Photographie in Paris in portraiture/self portraiture category. Jessica will be at exhibiting at Mick the Gallery in Sydney from 21 November.
Which five words best describe you? Romantic, passionate, animal-loving, stubborn, culinarily-inclined.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I just keep wandering where the path looks pretty, I usually have no idea where it'll lead.
What's the best lesson you've learnt along the way? "In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." - Patti Smith, Early Work 1970-1979.
What's your proudest career achievement? To be amongst the top five emerging Australian photographers in the arts category in last year's The Projections.
What's been your best decision? Marrying my wonderful husband Michael; musical genius, gentle soul and loud heart.
Who inspires you? It's more a "what" list; a long one at that. Blues, music, a bowl of spaghetti eaten alone, talking with friends after the third bottle of wine, hugs, fights, Peter Singer's philosphies, the animal kingdom, uncomfortable social experiences, Francesca Woodman's photography, Park Chan-Wook's movies, daydreaming of running with the wolves and from "that thing" that we all feel is there but can never quite put words to.
What are you passionate about? All of the above with fierce intensity.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Francesca Woodman, Peter Singer, Frida Kahlo.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? The move to my own piece of land and home in country Victoria, including a donkey, a goat, chickens, many eucalyptus trees, a long kitchen table to host all my loved ones for lengthy feasts and more time to create and stare at the sky.
What are you reading? The poetics of space by Gaston Bachelard, but I break it up with a little David Sedaris here and there.
images courtesy of jessica tremp