New Zealand/ UK

Jess Richards’ academic background is in Visual Performance (performance / installation / performance writing), Dartington, UK, 1994. She is the author of three literary fiction novels, Snake Ropes (2012) Cooking with Bones (2014) and City of Circles (2017) which are published by Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton, UK. In recent years, she has collaborated with the artist Sally J Morgan (as Morgan + Richards) in live art / installation / writing performances. She is currently studying towards a practice-based PhD which explores the use of artistic processes within creative writing practice at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, NZ.


21st February - 24th February

Before the Gale is a video installation, based on a short story written by Jess Richards in 2018. Within this fragmented short story, the narrator is remembering, and remembering, and remembering, and as the world ends, forgetting, and forgetting, and forgetting.

The video is of an altered book. The cut-up short story interacts with a collection of English poetry about ‘exotic/foreign’ landscapes. The book shown in this video is one of a set of eleven altered books, which contain new narratives from combinations of texts which include cut-outs, redaction, and pasted-in phrases.


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