Photo: Jackie Berridge in Southwell, East Midlands

Jackie Berridge


My work focuses on human nature, in particular group dynamics and social isolation. I am interested in the many facets of human behaviour - from the kindest of gestures to more sinister actions and Machiavellian treachery. As well as depicting dramas I also create tiny tales of growing and crumbling relationships using “anthropomorphic beings”, often set in an imaginary landscape. The fantastical landscapes are inspired by formal public gardens like the Italian Giardini di Boboli and the Arboretum in Nottingham. These spaces provide the perfect environment for games and interaction. The cast have human like bodies but topped by heads from rabbits, foxes, donkeys and cows. Clusters of individuals and lone characters populate the scene where hierarchies, factions, prima donnas, leaders and minions coexist together: mirroring relationships in the workplace, the staffroom and the boardroom. The source material is wide and varied - from drama, books, the playground and family as well as history and politics. I create a central theme with a sideshow of characters with different agendas. The use of ;anthropomorphic beings; depersonalises and allows for the exploration of tribal issues and identity. The paintings appear at first to be and child-like, but on closer inspection the 'playground' is much darker and sinister. Whilst I have particular narratives in mind when creating the work, the stories are also deliberately ambiguous allowing the viewer to interpret the work for themselves. read full statement

Location Southwell, East Midlands
Activities Residencies, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice
Artforms Drawing, Painting

News & Events

  • Summer Lodge at NTU, 30 June - 11 July

    30/06/2014 – 11/07/2014
    Nottingham Trent University

    I have been selected to participate in this short residency/research opportunity.

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  • PLATFORM PROJECT @ ART-ATHINA 2014, Athens, Greece

    I will be participating in the biggest art fair in Greece with 6 artists from Harrington Mill Studios. 15th - 18th May 2014

  • Perfume and Savages 3rd May - 20th July at Angears Visitor Centre, Lakeside, Nottingham

    An exhibition of new paintings. The artist will be working on a new drawing in the Angear Visitor Centre 2 - 15 June.