Approved: 03.06.2020

Poppy Jones-Little

Artist, Maker, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 03.06.2020

Multi-disciplinary research based practice -
sculpture, photography & musings centred upon ‘lump’. 

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Artist Statement

Multi-disciplinary research based practice -
sculpture, photography & musings centred upon ‘lump’. 

‘The lumps give up their lumphood … before they can become the statue.’

In reading Theodore Scaltsas’ account of Aristotle’s Theory of Substratum I encountered the term ‘lumphood’; curiously, the text provides no insight into this idea. 
Over the past 4 years I have been sifting through various texts which also utilise the word ‘lump’. From Marx’s lumpenproletariat to Virginia Woolf’s short stories, from parenting books to Biblical teachings, from Ontology to Oncology, a ‘lump’ transcends disciplines and refuses classification. ‘Lumps’ are not the same as ‘things’ or ‘objects’, nor can they be assimilated with ‘hunks’ or ‘blobs’. Often understood as an indiscriminate piece of matter, I have come to realise that this term can act as a placeholder. A word that is uttered when the right word cannot be recalled; ‘lump’ creeps in without clear intention to denote a non-thing teetering at the edges. 

The ‘lumpenpack’, ‘lumpig’ and ‘lumpen’ within the German language all allude to the refuge and scraps, that which is worthless. These thoughts fuel my making as the materials utilised are largely ‘waste’. The current climate crisis and ecological emergency reinforced this decision; it compelled me to consider how I might ‘make’ without putting strain on our environment -
the world is already so full of stuff, I need not make any more. 

And so, I undergo practices of unmaking

Both former and current affairs demonstrate the severe ramifications of ‘lumping’ people together, whether on account of race, religion, sexuality etc. The damage caused by promoting generalisations is universally acknowledged, yet it seems that our awareness hardly lessens it’s presence and impact. My speculative practice aims to draw attention to that which often goes unacknowledged, to give value and attention to ‘lumps’ which are disregarded. 

CV & Education

2016-20  BA Fine Art (Int) at the University of Leeds
2018-19  Sculpture at HfBK Dresden 

2020   Shortlisted for the FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2020.        
2020   The Passey Prize in Art. 
2020   Shortlisted artist for the 'Leeds Summer Group Show'. 
2020   Berkofsky Arts Award, Leeds.
2020   Leeds Excellence in the Arts, Leeds.
2018   The Martin Kirby Prize, Leeds.
2016   Willoughby Memorial Trust Art Competition

Aug 2020   Featured in North Leeds Life Magazine in line with the FUAM Prize. 
Aug 2020   Article entitled 'Lump: Concept and Object' published by Haus-a-Rest. 
June 2020  'Displaced and Replaced', publication as part of Simmer Leeds Degree Show.
May 2020   Published within the a-n Degree Show Guide 2020
May 2019   ‘Penny Thoughts’ Issue 16, Manchester. 
April 2019   'nervously- i am inclined', zine distributed at HfBK Dresden, Germany. 

Aug 2020     Artist participant in Skye Williams' 'Unknown Communication' project.
July 2020     'Dementia and the Arts' 4 week online course, UCL and Created Out of Mind. 
June 2020   'Simmer: Virtual Performances' with Grace Benita and Dan Cole.
May 2020    Interviewed by Sunny Bank Mills.  
April 2020   Online Residency at ORBIT, an online initiative.
May 2018   'Operatunity', led by Griselda Pollock and Sam Belinfante. 
Feb 2018    'Undergraduate Research Experience', University of Leeds. 
Sept 2016-  'Lumphood', self-directed ongoing exploration of how a 'lump' situates itself. 

Oct 2020   Virtual FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2020. 
Aug 2020  'So Why Not Do It Again?' Group Show hosted by Cultivate, London. 
July 2020    'Sydenham Arts Virtual Artist Trail 2020', Sydenham, London, (online). 
July 2020    'Leeds Summer Group Show', via
June 2020  'Simmer' Degree Show 2020, University of Leeds
Mar 2020   'Ones to Watch', Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley.
Mar 2020   'Untitled', The Brunswick, Leeds.
Dec 2019   'Digest', The Faversham, Leeds.
Oct 2019    'HomeTurf', Chemistry Basement, Leeds.
Aug 2019   'An arm 'nd a leg', Freehold Projects, Leeds.
Jun 2019    'Das Leben ist Kein Ponyhof', Brühlsche Terrasse, Dresden, Germany. 
Jan 2019    ‘Be Our Guest’, Brülsche Terrasse, Dresden, Germany. 
April 2018   'AXIS', Left Bank Leeds. 
May 2017    'Morphic', Lady Beck Studios, Leeds.

July 2020    FUAM Graduate Art Prize
July 2020    FUAM Graduate Art Prize Announcement
June 2020   AxisWeb ‘New Arts Highlight’
June 2020   CoVid Cohort 
April 2020   @sadgrads2020, Instagram platform
April 2020   The Social Distance Art Project 
April 2020   @lighthouse.collab, Instagram platform 
Sept 2019   Freehold Projects

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Employment and volunteering:

Warehouse Operative
Penguin Random House Distribution, Grantham.

Student Host
University of Leeds

Summer School Supervisor
Walton Girls' High School and Sixth Form, Grantham. 

Volunteer at Community Books - in house and connected events
2015-16, Grantham. 

Volunteer at Apple Trees Care and Reablement Home
2015, Grantham.