Katerina Jebb was born in England in 1962. After studying drama at St Anne’s College, she moved to California to study photography. Her first works were photomontages which she created inside the camera, originating from repeated exposure of a single roll of film.
In 1991 she was involved in a car accident which paralyzed her right arm. To resolve the inability to hold a camera, Jebb began to employ machines to make life-size images, primarily self-portraits lying herself down on a high resolution scanning machine. Progressively, she diversified, posing subjects and objects, exploring the medium in parallel with the expanding possibilities in digital technology. Jebb proceeded to remove parts of the scanner to facilitate maximum extension of the subject. The duration of each passage of the scanner echoed early photographic principles, being seven minutes long, therefore demanding of the sitter to lie motionless for 28 minutes.
The resulting life-size images were embraced as a new visual medium and began to appear in Museums and galleries, notably in The Whitney Museum as part of “The Warhol Look” (1998).
Jebb’s work has flourished from its photographic origins, proceeding to disrupt the boundaries between mediums. Her photography has made way for video art and installations.
In 2016, Jebb’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Musée Réattu in Arles.
Her clients include Céline, Comme des Garçons, Louis Vuitton & The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2018, Jebb was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create the catalogue for the exhibition “Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and The Catholic Imagination “