Feature Jasmine Pradissitto’s Vision of Science and Sustainability
After working at Christie’s Auction House, managing director Elli Jason Foster took the reins at her mother’s gallery introducing a renewed focus on championing art by women.
She added: “We were immediately inspired by Pradissitto’s art and the way in which her message about the importance of conserving the environment is presented through extraordinarily beautiful and cutting-edge work.”
Pradissitto’s work addresses the concerns of the environment and sustainability. Many of her pieces are made from acrylics and plastic waste. She is also the only artist in the world creating sculpture using NoxTek, a geopolymer that absorbs nitrogen dioxide pollution from the air.
After her son had a major asthma attack five years ago, Pradissitto started thinking about the nature of the things we overlook. She says: “We can only live for three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Art is there to make things personal and hopefully find a resonance in another person’s story.”
She added: “NoxTek was not intended for art, but I felt so inspired by its properties, not simply in its impact but in what it represented that I was compelled to find a way to use it. The cutting edge and how it engenders change has always inspired me, especially as art and science have often been at the forefront of any enlightenment, revolutionary period. As a scientist, my world centres around ‘what would happen if’ and I will experiment with everything and anything from ideas to the connections I make, to new and traditional materials.”
You can see Jasmine Pradissitto’s NoxTek creation, the award-winning sculpture titled Flower Girl, in the bee garden at Horniman Museum and Gardens. As NoxTek™ material can absorb up to 15% of its own weight in nitrogen dioxide molecules, which can mask the smell of flowers and prevent bees from finding food, the aim of this artwork is to help clear a “scent path” so bees can thrive alongside one of London’s busiest roads, the South Circular.
She has also been commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre to install a piece above its doorway in the most polluted borough in London.
“Pollution doesn’t just affect human beings but plants, animals, and insects; for us to overlook the natural world as a stakeholder is a mistake,” she concluded.
“When I saw Flower Girl in the garden it was the most moving thing for me. The horticulture, the wildlife… the sculpture was encouraging and impacting this.”
About the champion
Gillian Jason Gallery’s managing director, Elli Jason Foster, took the helm of her mother’s gallery after stints at Christie’s Auction House and as an independent TV producer. Together, with her daughter and Gallery director, Millie Foster, who previously worked in investment banking at JP Morgan Chase, they support emerging female and non-binary artists to guide their careers from the ground up.