Jessica Higgins

The Pith | Guilding


28 July – 4 August 2018
Open Wed–Sat, 12–5pm

Book Launch

‘Guilding’ by Jessica Higgins
Saturday 28th July 2018

Gather under a specially made canopy, dyed with smashed flowers, extending from The Bower in Brunswick Park to listen to readings about writing and writings about reading from Jessica Higgins, Michael Crowe and Judith Hagan.

To celebrate the London launch of Jessica Higgins new book ‘Guilding’ published by Publication Studio London, an installation of works and texts, The Pith, will occupy The Bower until 4th August. 

The Pith: Set as a room which is to be read, information is re-imagined and translated into new pieces of collage and installed sculptural works, weaving a lexicon of relationships, memory and time. Built from off cuts of art works, findings, garments and gifts, the objects occupy a narrative space. The excerpted texts offer fragments of a living and performative bibliography selected from sources referenced in Guilding and ongoing readings around ideas of biography, fictioning, voice and place.

“Readers and writers should look for each other in real life, meet, conspire, develop together in reality what they began to sketch on paper. Such an act of bringing secret complicities to a state of reality-production is the basic form of insurrection.” 
– Federico Campagna, ‘Discipline: on Writing and Collectivity’, 2012.

‘Guilding’ draws together twenty-four edited chapters of an episodically written novella, once published via a mobile phone application ‘Guilding a Slyte Repose’ and produced as the result of a residency period concerned with the operatings and potentials posed by a semi-autobiographical literary practice as a framework for performance, publishing and the production of sculpture. For this publication, the edited novella is accompanied by a series of essays or ‘letters’ from the author addressing the relations between reader and writer; author and narrator; visitor and host in the context of the semi-fiction, the subjective analysis of truth and myth, haunting, intruding, posturing and the unfolding of language in the never-ending difficulties with communication.


Reading by Michael Crowe

Reading by Judith Hagan

Jessica Higgins

Jessica Higgins is an artist living and working in Glasgow. Recent & upcoming presentations include: Mutters, New Victoria Gardens, Glasgow (group, 2018); Ruins, Spats, Turf Projects, London (with Matthew Walkerdine, 2018); Once More While Reeling, A6books, London (with Nick Ainsworth, publication, 2018); SPAM presents: That’s Hot! performance with Michael Crowe, The Poetry Club, Glasgow (group, 2018); MINIMAL/POOR/PRESENT, Pearce Institute, 2018 (group, 2018); House Party, Project Ability, Glasgow (group, 2018); Casual Nexus, performance with Edwin Stevens, The Old Hairdressers & Clydesdale Cricket Club, Glasgow (group, 2018); A Plume Annual Volume One co-edited with Jude Hagan and Rebecca Wilcox (publication, 2017); New Edition with Matthew Walkerdine, Edinburgh Printmakers (group, 2017); After Hours, 16 Nicholson St. (solo, 2017); Sic, Glasgow Project Room (with Owen Piper, 2016); Grab a Chair, Flinch, The Glue Factory (group, 2016), Settling Up Some Of Things, Many Studios (group, 2016). She is 1/9th of Good Press, a volunteer-led-unfunded-informal-organisation dedicated to the promotion and production of independent artist publications and projects.