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Jade Blackstock

MA work

The Marked Body and Freedom

The selected performances and their documentation focus on themes of the body, representation and race, the female scream, silencing, transition, horizontality and power. The works explore the themes with the use of conceptually and historically relevant materials; birds, food objects and semi-liquids.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2017

  • My work often looks at dialogues of the ‘marked’ body in relation to concerns of the political and cultural. In my practice, themes of race, femininity, loss and resistance tie together with explorations of spectacle, constructed identity and social commentary. I use performance (mostly live), to produce visual and fragmented narratives which combine the conceptual, historical and physical qualities of materials with the physicality and limitations of my body. I tend to use foods, condiments, various synthetic liquids and carriers such as bowls to create silent works that inhabit stillness – often in public outdoor spaces. I am inspired by the aesthetics of minimalism – I try to create images that are formal and sculptural - in an attempt to somehow crystallise a message or statement. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art Practice with Psychology, University of Worcester, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Revolve Festival, Konstmuseum, Uppsala, 2017; Five Minutes of Your Time, Doodle Bar, London, 2017; Liberte D’Action, L’amour, Paris, 2016; Performance Art Meeting, Old Town, Lublin, 2016; Situation: I Will Follow, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Live import/ Live Export, Toxteth Reservoir, Liverpool, 2016; Revolve Festival, Uppsala Train Station, Uppsala, 2016; Work in Progress Show, Dyson Gallery, Royal college of Art, London, 2016; New Art West Midlands, Coventry, 2015; Disrupted, MAC Centre, Birmingham, 2015; PiLOT, University of Worcester Garage Studios, Worcester, 2014