Little survives of Dismorr's Vorticist work, but her illustrations in Blast show that she shared the Vorticist's involvement with the dynamism of the machine-age city. Abstract Composition (1914–15; London, Tate) employs sturdy, girder-like forms to animate a vision that she described in the poem Monologue, published in the second issue of Blast (1915). Here she admired ‘the new machinery that wields the chain of muscles fitted beneath/my close coat of skin', outlining the amalgam of human and mechanical imagery that lay at the centre of Vorticism.
After participating in the Vorticist Exhibition of June 1915, Dismorr did voluntary war work in France. She was included in the Vorticist Exhibition of January 1917, held in New York and in 1926 became a member of the London Group and the Seven and Five Society. In later life her work became completely abstract, in tune with avant-garde developments of the 1930s. She contributed to Axis magazine in 1937.
Jessica Dismorr and her Circle (exh. cat., foreword Q.Stevenson; London, Archer Gal., 1972)
Jessica Dismorr, 1885–1934 (exh. cat., intro. Q. Stevenson; London, Mercury Gal., 1974)
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