Approved: 08.06.2009

Jackie Chettur

Artist

Approved: 08.06.2009

Through my work I deliberately play between the recognizable, or 'known' which victor Burgin calls 'the already seen', and the merging of real experience. For example, as resident artist on Pontypridd Railway Station I used many elements from the film 'Brief Encounter' to re-imagine the disused buffet; this tapped directly into peoples' perception (and my own) of what a

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Workshops, Participatory projects, Publishing, Studio practice
  • Categories: Book Works, Participatory, Photography, Sculpture, Text
 

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    Biography

    Through my work I deliberately play between the recognizable, or 'known' which victor Burgin calls 'the already seen', and the merging of real experience. For example, as resident artist on Pontypridd Railway Station I used many elements from the film 'Brief Encounter' to re-imagine the disused buffet; this tapped directly into peoples' perception (and my own) of what a station buffet looked like. I really enjoy this play between creating something I mean to be sincere, whilst being largely based on second-hand experience. Other examples of works several steps removed from the original are my re-working of old horticultural images, where the colour plates are already unrecognizable as straight photographic representations, and closer to an imagined Technicolor world. These works include paintings reworked from colour plates: a video entitled 'Plate 4' where I create a filmic fantasy derived from a colour plate, and for my recent project, '310' I fabricated flowers from paper to adorn a hotel room and create filmic settings. A few years ago, when I documented prize-winning flower growers to create the 'Winter Garden', I was aware of the contradictions between the gardeners' cultivation practices, which are anything but naturalistic, and the resulting archetypal flowers which are those recognizable through nostalgia, like Tea Roses. I see a close correlation here between my floral representations and the hybrids grown through force, into being exactly what the growers want them to be, which is 'an image of perfection'?. Somewhere in this mix of artifice I aim to reproduce an enhanced sense of the original and, I hope, something of the sentiment we attach to the original.

    CV & Education

    Education

    MA.  Fine Art. University College Institute Cardiff.  [2003 -2004:]

    B.A.  Hon’s Ceramics. Camberwell College of Art & Design. [1991 -1994:]

    Exchange programme to Alfred University, New York State, USA   [1993:]

    Foundation course Art & Design, Hounslow Borough College   [1990 - 1991:]

    Current 

    Working from my studio in Stratford East London.
    Artist /producer - Aberdare and RCT South Wales -  ‘a Fall into Grace' I am developing writings and printed materials with a wide range of participants on the theme of romantic love this will eventually form an anthology.
    I have recenetly taken part in the Expanded Studio Project between Wysing studio artists and Nottingham Primary Studios
     

    Selected Exhibitions

    'KALEID 2014' curated book exhibition, London  [2014]

    'Wintergarden' Transition Gallery at Sutton House, Hackney  [2013]

    'Art, Language, Location' Cambridge, ‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’  [2013]

    'Pilot Festival', Brightlingsea  [2013]

    ‘There Will be Words’ G39 Gallery Cardiff [2013]

    'Still' Transition Gallery, Hackney  [2012]

    'Recollect' Wysing Arts Contemporary:  [2012]

    'Performance, Pleasure, Photography' exhibition and symposium, University of Newport  [2012]

    An Evening in Process, a reading at XMarx the Bökship [2012]

    The National Eisteddfod of Wales [2010]

    Purchase Prize, Millennium Centre Cardiff (highly commended) [2009]

    ‘310’, g39 Gallery, Cardiff  (solo show) [2009]

    ‘Parclife’, Penpont, Brecon [2007]

    ‘Undercover’ ‘Oriel Davies Open 2006’ [2006]

    ‘In Absentia’ House, Cardiff  [2005]

    ‘Autumn Leaves’ Paintworks Bristol [2005]

    ‘Perfectly Normal’ tactile BOCSH, Cardiff  [2004]

    ‘From A Distance It Seems All Quite Nice’, Palace Hotel, Manchester [1999]

    ‘Traffic’ Site Gallery Sheffield [1999]

    ‘The Silver Dream Machine’ Prema arts Centre [1998]

    ‘The Silver Dream Machine’ Exeter and Devon Arts Centre  [1998]

    ‘The Silver Dream Machine’ The Old Leadworks Bristol  [1998]

    ‘Rootless 97’ Hull Time Based Arts [1997]

    ‘Hiding Behind The Sofa’ Prema Arts Centre, Gloucestershire [1997]

    ‘Harmless as Butterflies’ St Thomas Street, Bristol [1997]

     

    Selected Public Realm Projects

    A Fall into Grace - the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare, shown in July 2011;  included a series of love stories collected from members of the public, together with a tableaux of stereoscopic theatrical images depicting an imagined love story. A current phase of the project, supported through Arts Council of Wales, will encourage more members of the public to contribute a love story either fictional or biographical and these will form a new anthology of writings about love. 
    Review www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/1413090

    ...it is 89 days this morning since we left the mumbles head...    [2010-2013] Commissioned by, Locws International, and originally exhibited on the Swansea bay foreshore, this series of stereoscopic tableaux, explored the 19 century copper trade between Swansea and Chile.  Subsequently exhibited at Swansea’s Waterfront Museum, Swansea Museum and more recently for the Pilot Festival in Brightlingsea, Essex
    www.locwsinternational.com/?tag=jackie-chettur

    The Winter Garden [2006] Was an illuminated greenhouse, using multiple back projections, audio and outdoor lighting. The Winter Garden was exhibited in winter on the bandstand of a park, using documentary footage and still images illustrating the growing season of the previous summer. Funded through Arts Council Wales. Review: www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/365726