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Jessie Brennan

MA work

Heart is strong, yes. But we get caught on thought. Psychological spaces are peopled with props, characters and uncomfortable questions. Who am I? Of what am I capable, we cry! Always ambiguous, never fixed. Always with complex and uncertain boundaries. These are my children, animals and crowds. They tell tales. There is a mix of the metaphorical. Like the scenario, the prints and drawings are imagined, remembered, invented and observed. Narrative becomes a tool for uncovering, revealing and covering again, for breaking waters and muddying them. Good and evil, freedom and repression, the familiar and the strange: these are what lurk in the depths of our hearts.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Printmaking, 2007

  • Heart is strong, yes. But we get caught on thought. Psychological spaces are peopled with props, characters and uncomfortable questions. Who am I? Of what am I capable, we cry! Always ambiguous, never fixed. Always with complex and uncertain boundaries. These are my children, animals and crowds. They tell tales. There is a mix of the metaphorical. Like the scenario, the prints and drawings are imagined, remembered, invented and observed. Narrative becomes a tool for uncovering, revealing and covering again, for breaking waters and muddying them. Good and evil, freedom and repression, the familiar and the strange: these are what lurk in the depths of our hearts.

  • Experience

  • Commission, Paula Rego - Printmaker exhibition, RCA, London, 2006; Sessional Lecturer (Creative Drawing and Painting), Thames Valley University, Reading, 2005-6; Visiting Lecturer (BA (Hons) Fine Art), Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff, 2005; Visiting Lecturer (ABC Foundation Studies), Falmouth College of Art, Falmouth, 2004
  • Exhibitions

  • Originals 07, The Mall Galleries, London, 2007; Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2006; 154 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2006; Lessedra Fourth World Art Print Annual, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2005
  • Awards

  • First, Originals: Curwen Prize, 2007; First, Originals: Artichoke Print Workshop Prize, 2007; First, International Plein-Air Artist-in-Residence, Lithuania, 2004