Jeannie Driver creates installations, sculptures and wall works from the ubiquitous material of waste paper. The relationship between the material and ideas is central to the work and provides an alternative visual and physical experience of the material that references ideas of work, systems, flow, waste and material. The paper Jeannie works with is gathered from her personal archive of 'waste', donations from individuals, or through commissions for site specific/ relevant works.
The process of making work is important from the initial stages to installation:
"The act of shredding is cathartic, the destruction, the change of form creates a new purpose for the material whilst retaining snippets of its former value. I am a reluctant writer and this initial violent act of reduction undertaken in the studio to create a material to work from is both satisfying and humorous. Repetition, time, production and reproduction as themes for contemporary life, are explored through the use of this material; a material that seems to effervesce from all corners of life."
The resulting works are multi-layered both literally and conceptually. The artworks represent an alternative form of data, evidence of work and traces of activity. Sculptural forms and installations allude to the material's history. Jeannie often documents the process of making and installing works, revealing production processes from waste to artwork. (see vimeo).
Jeannie’s practice has evolved over many years, in the 1990's- 2000's Jeannie was influenced by Suzanne Lacy and Mary Jane Jacob, among others and undertook many socially engaged projects that explored common issues or objects that everyone had a pre-existing relationship with. Paper first became an interest with her SPIKE IT project, which located 6ft SPIKE files in offices for workers to spike their waste paper, creating time lines of activity and considering office behaviours. The work and the accompanying CCTV films have been exhibited in many venues.
Jeannie has since broadened her interest in paper waste, and shredded waste, developing work in the studio for site-specific installations and gallery contexts. These works retain remnants of peoples work through snippets of visible information. Each work seeks to bring together a multiplicity of times and a history of past iterations. The idea of unknown contributors to works, the hands of others and the papers history forms a link for Jeannie between her journey of socially engaged practice to studio practice, where her interest is increasingly determined by material, form and line whilst maintaining consideration of audience through the scale relationship to the viwer.
Jeannie process is complex, the process of making, the context of exhibition, in both meaning and physicality, is considered. The architectural and spatial elements of galleries/ spaces and how the audiences experience the work governs how she positions installation works and sculptures. This relationship is important to the expression of the work and provides flexibility to adjust the connections between works in different exhibition spaces.
CV & Education
2015 Corporate Headquarters. Open Ealing group exhibition with Fabio Lattanzi, Martin Lau, Jon Purnell, Marc Rebshaw.
2015 PAPER, Salisbury Art Centre, April - May. Site specific installation, Lines of Passage.
2014 FFound exhibtion, Woolff Gallery. Group exhibition. 3rd October - 1st November
2013 When Contents Become Form. Solo exhibtion. Arbeit Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
2012 - Ubiquitous Materials by Jeannie Driver & Christopher Lundie, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park.
2009 Work Play. Solo exhibtion, SPACE Gallery, Portsmouth
2008 Spike It. ASPEX Gallery & Millias Gallery.
Group exhibitions 2013 - PLAN.OPEN. Super Scale, ARBEIT Gallery. First Floor, 4 White Post Lane., Hackney Wick 2013 - Void Open 2013, Void Gallery, London 2012 - PLAN.OPEN. Hidden/Exposed, Mile End Art Pavilion, London 2012 - SPOTLIGHT curated by OVADA. , Oxford Town Hall, Oxford 2011 - Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2007 - Works on Paper, Gallery 53, Beauchamp Place, Kingsbridge, London Intervention 2010 - Rising Tides of Bureaucracy. ARC Office. Installation, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Qualifications. 1996 - MA (by Project) Distinction, University of Portsmouth.