Jeannie's work is drawn from an interest in materials and shifting notions of value and perception. The work is appears tactile, and begs to be sensed, touched and experienced.
Jeannie's series of wall based paper works, are created from waste documents and publicity leaflets. The works expand on ideas of perception and two sides of the page referencing non-static viewpoints. These works sit between abstract and representational. The material is reduced and disconnected whilst maintaining references to its original history. Individual shreds become multiples, individually selected and reassembled, as brush strokes on a painting. These works are reformed knowledge where subtracted values bind, restrict and protect.
Jeannie's current series of work, 'Lifting the Drawing off the Page' extends on ideas of perception and creates ambiguities and where vision becomes the subject. The perception of the drawing alters when viewing the work from multiple positions.
The works are reinterpreted from sketches originally made for imagined large-scale voluminous installations. However, in this series of works, the gallery wall becomes the page, or 'support'. Charcoaled lines (transformed waste paper), wooden forms and spikes create sculptural drawings that utilise one or two planes of the gallery space. Wood spikes are inserted into the gallery wall and form the spine of the drawing , the charcoaled paper strips are hung on selected spikes. These ‘lines’ initially appear uniform but on greater inspection variations and imperfections become evident, as the charcoal lumps can cling, or resist in areas. Each strip or ‘line’ falls uniquely from its anchor point.
This new approah has lead Jeannie to re-examine reductive drawings, systems and process, current developments specifcally focus on drawings by Josef Albers, and British Constructivist artists. (specifically works in the British Constructivism: The Catherine Petitgas Collection, exhibition at Pallent House gallery.) This is combined with influences relating to transformation of material through works by David Nash and Anish Kapoor.
This series of work extends Jeannie's interest in the cyclical nature and re-appropriation of material, specifically paper > ash > charcoal, and a return to drawing with a new set of rules, systems, materials and measurements.
Jeannie has undertaken many residencies and award winning projects, receiving national attention. She has presented four solo shows since 2007 in London and the South of the UK and her works have been included in numerous group shows, most recently the Preparing the Site exhibition at Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Jeannie's work has also been included in group shows at the Woolff Gallery, London.
Jeannie holds a MA with Distinction and a 1st class BA in Fine Art from University of Portsmouth.
CV & Education
August 2018 DYCP award funded by ACE
July 2017 Residency: Artist Studio, Aspex Gallery,
2018 Stretching the Line, Stroud Vallery Arts.
2016 Preparing The Site, Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Group exhibtion. Curated by Anna Vardi and Emma Warburton.
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. BA Fine Art. 1st Class.