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 that she created inside the camera, originating from repeated exposure of a single roll of film.
In 1989 Jebb relocated to Paris and worked for the French newspaper Liberation. In 1991 she was involved in a car accident that 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 images, suspended and life like were embraced as a new visual medium and began to appear in Museums and Galleries, notably The Whitney Museum as part of The Warhol Look (1998), a world touring retrospective. Jebb's work has flourished from its photographic origins, proceeding to disrupt the boundaries between mediums. Her photography has made way for video art, installations and sculpture. In her work, Jebb considers the human condition with arrant sensitivity, offering the viewer a depiction of women that rejects the normalized, commercial female role. Her recent series, Simulacrum and Hyperbole (2009-2011) offers a critique of women's representation in television and advertising through parodist videos featuring renowned female icons such as Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Tilda Swinton, Kristin Scott Thomas and Marisa Berenson. These works simultaneously evoke laughter and pathos in their observance of the irrationality of popular expectations of women. Katerina Jebb’s most recent commission by the Balthus Fondation, will be exhibited at the Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo in April, 2014.
Dividing her time between art and commerce, her work can be seen in museums, galleries, magazines and advertising campaigns. Her work has been published in Vogue, Life Magazine, Purple and The Times. Recent works have been commissioned by Comme des Garçons, Acne and Hermès.