Jessie Russell Donn

Location: London

I use film, video, photography and performance in my practice. My most recent and (in my opinion) most successful piece of work to date is called Senga’s Dream Folder. The project began with the discovery of some images of my mother’s body taken during an MRI scan. These acted as the point of departure for a piece that explores grief, loss and family. Through this project I discovered a new kind of story telling that I am keen to develop. I am currently trying to explore ways in which to incorporate my writing into my visual practice. I aim to make work that is affective.

I like dirty, dark things but I also love sunbathing. I went to watch Tracy Emin’s film about her abortion three times - this is one example of the kind of work I admire. I press flowers and practice TikTok dances with my sister. We knit and sew a lot. I find hospitals inspiring and I love waiting rooms. Most recently my work has served as therapy. I believe in an afterlife and in ghosts. I can fall asleep anywhere.


November 2019
Featured in screening Reality Runs Away presented by Perch Arts, Ringcross Community Centre, Holloway, London

March 2018
Contest was featured in the Playback Festival 2018 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

June 2017
Organised and curated Images Moving, a screening of moving image works by Royal College of Art 2017 Visual Communication graduates

June 2017
Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London

February 2017
Featured in a group show VIDEO: To Flowers at ANDOR Gallery, Hackney, London

January 2017
School of Communication Work in Progress Show
Royal College of Art, London.

June 2016
Organised and curated The Dark Hours, an exhibition of works made during the Royal College of Art elective Poetics in Motion.

Degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton.