Sink or Float: 

An Artificial Island

Aspex Portsmouth

8 July - 25 September 2022 


Jessica Wetherly is an artist who works across many different mediums, her work draws on the fragility of landscapes building new mythologies that unveil the deception and disruption of human interventions within ecosystems. 


This new body of work explores the rich ecologies surrounding Portsea Island, the vast, flat stretches of marshland, mudflats and seagrass meadows. Approaching the territory as a wasteland, she explores our failure to understand the importance of slow water and the shifting nature of coastlines.  

Wetherly is the ninth recipient of the Emergency Award selected in 2019 by Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex; and a guest panel Alessio Antoniolli, Director Gasworks; Helen Cammock, Artist; and Will Lunn, Director Copperfield Gallery.

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Key Events:

Artist Talk : Sunday 31st July 2pm

Panel Discussion : Saturday 24th September 2-4pm

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Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.