Tessa Johnson’s art practice is currently focusing on the idea of fragmentation and how people perceive on another according to their exterior, in particular beauty.
Tessa’s paintings contain illusions of collaged paper as well as shredded paper; the reasoning for this comes from Tessa’s fascination with the layers of human characteristics and behaviors. Through painting, Tessa alludes to how we only know certain fragments of the people around us; there is really no way to understand all of the different facets that go into the making of an individual. Also, the use of appropriated fashion imagery in Tessa’s paintings allows for exploration into how that imagery ignites some type of discomfort or hatred towards the “beautiful”. Working with found images and other artists has been vital into her exploration and fascination with the people around her.