Approved: 23.05.2010

Jayne Anita Smith

Artist, Curator

Approved: 23.05.2010

This new body of work has developed over the last few years and follows a shift in practice, embracing a more fluid and spontaneous origination. At their inception, images are generated through a process of organic drawings rooted in memory, providing the foundation of the work and underpinning each of the subsequent layers as they build. The combination of drawing and painting is integral to the narrative of the work, creating form and space for questions to be posed and interrogated. Using drawing and painting in tandem to play with the boundaries between figurative and abstract, these heady, overtly hallucinatory configurations play in the spaces between the conscious and unconscious, where emotion and memory are rooted in the instinctive and primal, and this is crucial as we confront the essential truth of the work.

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    Biography

    This new body of work has developed over the last few years and follows a shift in practice, embracing a more fluid and spontaneous origination. At their inception, images are generated through a process of organic drawings rooted in memory, providing the foundation of the work and underpinning each of the subsequent layers as they build. The combination of drawing and painting is integral to the narrative of the work, creating form and space for questions to be posed and interrogated. Using drawing and painting in tandem to play with the boundaries between figurative and abstract, these heady, overtly hallucinatory configurations play in the spaces between the conscious and unconscious, where emotion and memory are rooted in the instinctive and primal, and this is crucial as we confront the essential truth of the work.

    By generating space as well as narrative, I am building a vital, immersive world that echoes the emotional disturbance of the struggle between self and other; one that seeks to envelop its observer and gives a platform from which to interrogate the darkest, most chaotic elements of our emotional experience. The decadence of the central figurative swarm—sometimes congested, at other times fractured—seeks to capture the disorientation of the increasing assault of the demands of a contemporary world, exploring its complex dichotomy with the essential human experience and the conflict that arises as we wrestle with that constant dialogue.

     

     

    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