Approved: 23.05.2010

Jayne Anita Smith

Artist, Curator

Approved: 23.05.2010

Situated between consciousness and dream, the fractured fragments of another world float on the marginal spaces of our being. Delicately intertwined the organic writhing forms hide a deadly beauty that embalms the inhabitants in its cancerous growth. Suspended by the threads of their past failures and repressed memories, they cast the shadows of their own destruction, referencing J G Ballards's tthe castaways dystopic existence in Vermillion Sands.

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  • Location: Penzance, South West
  • Activities: Residencies, Participatory projects, Curating, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Painting, Participatory, Printmaking
  • Tags: Figurative, contemporary, art, displacement, environment, culture, humanity, abstraction, expression, dystopia
 
 

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    Biography

    Situated between consciousness and dream, the fractured fragments of another world float on the marginal spaces of our being. Delicately intertwined the organic writhing forms hide a deadly beauty that embalms the inhabitants in its cancerous growth. Suspended by the threads of their past failures and repressed memories, they cast the shadows of their own destruction, referencing J G Ballards's tthe castaways dystopic existence in Vermillion Sands.

    Promised the sublime through a manufactured, false beauty, these flawed individuals search for the otherness in relation to the self. Seeking the promised land they are engulfed into a labyrinth of fractured congestion; blinded by toxic temptations and dark desires.

    Within this transitory realm suspendended in time and space, my drawings evolve organically, in an attempt to reconnect with the experiences and memories that have shaped me both as a human being and an artist. Shifting, fleeting morsels of random imagery thet exist in the space in between consciousness. An important development in my artistic practice, a way of breaking down physical barriers to open up a dialogue between the tenuous links to the past and childhood dreams of the future.

    My work searches for the instinctive space where we search for something more as a reaction to the restraints placed upon us as individuals by a culturally commercialised and plastic contemporary  world.. They set out to explore the loss of utopia and failure of modernism, asking the questions: What was it we might have hoped? what was the world we thought we could have?

    CV & Education

    Selected Exhibitions and Events:

    2014

    ?May. Drawing project, Porthmeor Studios

    January. Flux, NSA curated exhibition. Heseltine Gallery, Truro

    2013

    November. Drawing the line. Millennium Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall 

    September. Lucid, Bo Lee Gallery, Clerkenwell, London

    September. Suspended Sentences, The Coombe, Newlyn, Cornwall

    March/April. Fiat Lux, TAap Painting Collaboration, Cornwall Arts Biennale, Truro

    March/April. Limbo, Leth Group exhibition, Truro

    March. Residency, March Fourth, CMR Gallery, Redruth

     

    2012

    December. Project 2012, Mile End Art Pavillion, London

    October. NOAC, Chichester and London

    October. Drawing Exhibition, Bucca Gallery, Newlyn

    October/December. RWA Autumn open exhibition, Bristol

    August. New visions:Contemporary painting in uncertain worlds, CMR Gallery, Redruth

    July/August. Wales International painting prize, BEEP 2012. Swansea

    May. The Other Art Fair, Marylebone, London

    April/May. Odds against tomorrow, Bearspace, Deptford, London

    March. The Door Painting Prize, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

     

    2011

    September. Flickering Visions, Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery, Cornwall

    August/September. Uncharted Landscapes, NSA at STISA Gallery, St.Ives

    May/July. Mostyn Open, Llandydno, Wales

    April/July. PRINT! Exchange Gallery, Penzance

    February. Salon Photo Prize 2011, Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London

     

    2010

    December. Silent Signals, Crypt Gallery, St.Ives

    October/November. NOAC, Chichester

    October. Salon Art Prize 2010, Vyner Street, London

    September. Threadneedle Prize, Mall Gallery, London

    June. FringeMK Painting Competition, Milton Keynes

    May/June. After The End, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales

    March/April. A Strange Country, PZ Gallery, Penzance

     

    2009

    November. NOAC, Chichester

    October/November. Pushing Print, The Pie Factory, Margate, Kent

    June. Degree show, University College Falmouth