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Jayne Gaze

Joined Artfinder: Oct. 2014

Artworks for sale: 67

(5)

Spain

About Jayne Gaze

 
 
  • Biography

    I am currently working from my new studio in Catral, Spain where I am exploring abstract painting through memories, intuition and imagination by utilizing colour, shape and texture, striving for dynamic composition and harmony. At the same time I have decided to put an eclectic selection of work up for sale retrospectively through Artfinder as now feels the right time to let go of some of my more treasured pieces from the past ten years.

    I studied Art & Design at Worcester University graduating with first class single honours followed by a twelve month residency at Worcester Cathedral for which I won an Arts Council England Award. In the following year I was AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University and also accepted a post with Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Shrub Hill Workshop using art therapeutically and vocationally, with recovering mental health service users. I retired from this post in January 2014 to spend time in Spain, recover my energies and re-engage with my own practice.

    I am also founder of AIMs (Art in Minds Foundation) .uk and have coordinated exhibitions to celebrate World Mental Health Day in Worcestershire each year since 2004 which has showcased the artwork of over 250 mental health service users.

    During this time I continued to develop my own practice, with annual exhibitions of work.Through my art I aim to explore and evoke emotion. I often utilise the lexicon of cloth, in particular bandage and muslin, suggesting binding, protection, injury and healing.

    My influences have been many but in particular the work of Eva Hesse and Tapies. My observations of the fragility of the human condition combined with memories of the worn and peeling layers of paint and wallpaper in the rambling manor house I was born and grew up in. These have informed and inspired my work. In contrast my water colours reflect flora and fauna that surrounded me while growing up in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

    In November 2012 I was guest Artist in Residence in the new ‘Artists Space’ situated in the old library in Worcester Museum and Art Gallery where I concentrated on work influenced by a period of sailing in the Greek Ionions and the Western Isles of Scotland. After sailing  I saw my world through fresh eyes and I could feel colour seeping back into my soul.

    The work was mostly about the play of light and colour on the movement of water, direct exposure to the elements in all weather conditions contrasting with calm and tranquility and a visual ‘eclection’ of objects, colours and memories from around spectacular coastline.

    Art for me is both an internal and external journey where I constantly learn about myself and about the materials. To share it with the world is both exciting and terrifying but is always a privilege.


     

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  • Education

    2010 - 2010

    Malvern School of Art

    2002 - 2002

    Worcester Technical College

    1999 - 2003

    Worcester University

  • Awards

    2010

    Worcestershire NHS Trust

    Achievement award for Working in Partnership

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    2010

    Worcestershire NHS Trust

    Award for Patient, Staff and Public Engagement and Involvement

    2010

    Arts Council England

    For Art in Minds exhibition 'Reflections II'

    2005

    Arts Council England

    For the Kings Fund Project, Whitley Ward, Kidderminster General Hospital.

    2003

    Arts Council England

    Worcester Cathedral Artist in Residence 2003-2004
  • Upcoming Events

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    Event: Beneath the Surface

    Dates: Oct. 9, 2015 - Nov. 7, 2015

    Venue: Museum of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, Worcester WR1 2ND

    An exhibition for World Mental Health Day by artists of the Art in Minds Foundation of which I am founder and Trustee.

    Event: Finding Futures

    Dates: Oct. 6, 2014 - Oct. 24, 2014

    Venue: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB

    Finding Futures, the 11th exhibition of Art in Minds Foundation (www.artinminds.org.uk)

    Event: Celebration

    Dates: Sept. 23, 2013 - Oct. 28, 2013

    Venue: Cotswold Gallery, Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ

    This was the 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Art in Minds Foundation (www.artinminds.org.uk)

    Event: Seeing in Colour

    Dates: Feb. 1, 2013 - March 2, 2013

    Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

    To view images please visit the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/seeing-in-colour/

    After sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland in the summer of 2012 I saw my world through fresh eyes and I could feel the colour seeping back into my soul.

    The work is directly influenced by the play of light and colour on the movement of water, direct exposure to the elements in all weather conditions contrasting with calm and tranquillity and a visual ‘eclection’ of objects, colours and memories from around this spectacular coastline.

    Event: Artist in Residence Exhibition

    Dates: Nov. 3, 2012 - Nov. 30, 2012

    Venue: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester Worcestershire WR1 1DT, UK

    For the month of November 2012 I was a guest Resident Artist in one of two studios set up in the Old Library Project Space and exhibited restrospective works, new work and work in progress.

    Event: Open Exhibition

    Dates: Sept. 10, 2012 - Oct. 6, 2012

    Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

    An open exhibition organised by the Click Click Collective.

    Event: Former Glory

    Dates: July 2, 2012 - Sept. 7, 2012

    Venue: Himley Hall, Nr Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY3 4DF, UK

    To view images please visit the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/former-glory/

    In 2012, along with other members of the Enigma Group of Worcestershire Artists, I was invited to make new work in response to the upper rooms of Himley Hall in Dudley, not open to the public and untouched for decades. The outcome was Quintessence I, II and III.

    “The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former”

    I was born in my parents’ bedroom at Sheinwood Manor in Shropshire, a rambling, gracefully aging, Georgian farm house. The fabric of the building felt imbued with history, almost as though – if you were to peel back the tired wallpaper – you would see the very souls of the people who had lived there.

    When I first visited Himley Hall it evoked memories of my childhood home and images of its fading beauty began to resonate in my work.

    My aim was to explore these emotions and imbue each piece with fragility, atmosphere and intrigue. The result is a response, so subtle in parts, that it is barely a breath or a touch.

    Event: Connections

    Dates: March 12, 2011 - May 7, 2011

    Venue: Dudley Museum & Art Gallery, St. Jame's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HU, UK

    For images please follow the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/connections/

    Connections was an exhibition brought together by myself and other members of the Enigma Alumini Group of Worcestershire Artists in 2009. My response was a series of ‘shrines’ utilizing recognisable images including The Kiss (Rodan).

    Shrine: receptacle of sacred relics;chapel of special associations;hallowed by some memory

    The making of shrines has long been part of the human experience. They date back to the beginning of recorded time and have been found almost everywhere in the world. They express the most basic human concerns, birth, life and death. A shrine was where people went to ask for help from greater unseen powers that governed their lives. Shrines gave tangible form to beliefs.

    My box assemblages, inspired by the concept of the shrine, for me represented an inward journey of discovery, exploring feelings and memories. My aim was to imbue each one with history, emotion and intrigue.

    I utilised family heirlooms, found, collected and constructed objects and ephemera.

    Each told a personal story.

    Event: Resident Artists Exhibition

    Dates: Jan. 10, 2011 - Feb. 11, 2011

    Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

    A collection of work by all those involved with Worcester Arts Workshop.

    Event: Reflections 2

    Dates: Nov. 1, 2010 - Nov. 7, 2010

    Venue: Cathedral Plaza, High Street, Worcester, UK

    Projected exhibition from an empty shop front in Worcester High Street.

    Event: Connections

    Dates: July 5, 2010 - July 31, 2010

    Venue: Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW, UK

    For images please follow the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/connections/

    Connections was an exhibition brought together by myself and other members of the Enigma Alumini Group of Worcestershire Artists in 2009. My response was a series of ‘shrines’ utilizing recognisable images including The Kiss (Rodan).

    Shrine: receptacle of sacred relics;chapel of special associations;hallowed by some memory

    The making of shrines has long been part of the human experience. They date back to the beginning of recorded time and have been found almost everywhere in the world. They express the most basic human concerns, birth, life and death. A shrine was where people went to ask for help from greater unseen powers that governed their lives. Shrines gave tangible form to beliefs.

    My box assemblages, inspired by the concept of the shrine, for me represented an inward journey of discovery, exploring feelings and memories. My aim was to imbue each one with history, emotion and intrigue.

    I utilised family heirlooms, found, collected and constructed objects and ephemera.

    Each told a personal story.

    Event: Worcester Open 2010

    Dates: April 24, 2010 - June 26, 2010

    Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

    Contemporary Open Exhibition.

    Event: Connections

    Dates: Dec. 7, 2009 - Dec. 18, 2009

    Venue: Cotswold Gallery, Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ

    Connections was an exhibition brought together by myself and other members of the Enigma Alumini Group of Worcestershire Artists in 2009. My response was a series of ‘shrines’ utilizing recognisable images including The Kiss (Rodan).

    For images please follow the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/connections/

    Shrine: receptacle of sacred relics;chapel of special associations;hallowed by some memory

    The making of shrines has long been part of the human experience. They date back to the beginning of recorded time and have been found almost everywhere in the world. They express the most basic human concerns, birth, life and death. A shrine was where people went to ask for help from greater unseen powers that governed their lives. Shrines gave tangible form to beliefs.

    My box assemblages, inspired by the concept of the shrine, for me represented an inward journey of discovery, exploring feelings and memories. My aim was to imbue each one with history, emotion and intrigue.

    I utilised family heirlooms, found, collected and constructed objects and ephemera.

    Each told a personal story.




    Event: Reflections 1

    Dates: Oct. 26, 2009 - Oct. 31, 2009

    Venue: Cathedral Plaza, High Street, Worcester, UK

    Projected exhibition from an empty shop front in Worcester High Street.

    Event: Ten Threads

    Dates: Oct. 6, 2008 - Oct. 31, 2008

    Venue: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, UK

    The work of ten Worcestershire Artists exhibited in the South Cloister.

    Event: Open Contemporary Exhibition

    Dates: July 7, 2008 - July 12, 2008

    Venue: The Guildhall, High St, Worcester WR1 2EY, UK

    An exhibition of work invited from Artists across Worcestershire in response to domestic abuse.

    Event: Face Value

    Dates: Oct. 29, 2007 - Nov. 3, 2007

    Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester WR1 1UH, UK

    Self Portrature Exhibition.

    Self-portraits have been a method of self-exploration since humans first gazed at their own reflection in a pool of water. With the invention of the mirror came an even stronger fascination to capture one’s likeness. And even within the past ten years, the public’s fascination with the way an artist sees him/herself has led to exhibitions like the National Self-Portrait Collection in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

    Self-portraits, we have found, can be carefully staged to show the audience only what the artist wishes to project, or deeply revealing, inadvertently displaying feelings of anguish and pain. Self-portraits have been used to test new techniques, make a signature mark, launch into self-study, remember the past, and as a way to release emotion.

    Whichever way artists choose to construct their images, they are each forced to study their own personas both physically and emotionally. What do artist’s find when they search the mirror? For some the self-portrait is cathartic experience, a letting go of pent-up emotions. For others, the process reveals new insights about themselves and their work. For all artists, the self-portrait is an exploration, an opportunity to see beyond the image in the mirror and begin to search into the soul.’

    Event: Alumni Textiles Exhibition

    Dates: May 21, 2007 - May 28, 2007

    Venue: Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ

    An exhibition of textile work by Worcester Alumni Artists exhibiting group Enigma to coincide with the 2007 Degree Show.

    Event: Post Graduate Exhibition

    Dates: May 22, 2006 - May 29, 2006

    Venue: Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ, UK

    Exhibition staged by invitation of Post Graduates and Tutors Work to coincide with the Degree Show

    Event: Stitched

    Dates: April 29, 2006 - May 26, 2006

    Venue: Stroud House Gallery, Station Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3AP, UK

    Textile exhibition

    Event: Textures of Memory

    Dates: Nov. 5, 2005 - Nov. 23, 2005

    Venue: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, UK

    For images please follow the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/textures-of-memory/

    During my residency at Worcester Cathedral I began to experiment with print. I was given the opportunity to develop this work during a year as AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University in 2004-2005
    http://www.aa2a.org/artists/jayne_gaze

    ‘…Yet there is a space where small gestures slide into dreams, where the familiar turns. A place of quiet intensity. Where the textures of memory are smooth and white and velvet and blue. Where they absorb into linen and cotton and canvas and celluloid, are a mass of material, shadow and ghost, are as fine as hair, as ephemeral as light, as sharp as pins, as random as discarded thread. Where there is the will to repair and disrepair, to reveal and conceal, to caress and embrace, and to imagine and muse, and to invent and create and to remember and forget, and…’

    Event: Textures of Memory

    Dates: May 10, 2005 - June 8, 2005

    Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester WR1 1UH, UK

    For images please follow the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/textures-of-memory/

    During my residency at Worcester Cathedral I began to experiment with print. I was given the opportunity to develop this work during a year as AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University in 2004-2005
    http://www.aa2a.org/artists/jayne_gaze

    ‘…Yet there is a space where small gestures slide into dreams, where the familiar turns. A place of quiet intensity. Where the textures of memory are smooth and white and velvet and blue. Where they absorb into linen and cotton and canvas and celluloid, are a mass of material, shadow and ghost, are as fine as hair, as ephemeral as light, as sharp as pins, as random as discarded thread. Where there is the will to repair and disrepair, to reveal and conceal, to caress and embrace, and to imagine and muse, and to invent and create and to remember and forget, and…’

    Event: Haven

    Dates: Sept. 8, 2004 - Sept. 14, 2004

    Venue: Rotherwas Chapel, Off Chapel Road, Hereford HR2 6LD, England, UK

    Haven Installation Art commissioned by English Heritage in association with Public Art Route for Heritage Open Days. A Public Art Route project in association with Eye Candy.

    The Chapel was converted into a place of discovery and ideas where 10 artists presented their curious findings.

    I was invited to exhibit with some wonderful artists and felt extremely humbled to be showing my work alongside one of my idols, Karen Truselle, who sadly died in 2008 at the age of 56 from breast cancer.

    Event: Translations, Transfusions, Transfigurations

    Dates: July 16, 2004 - Aug. 8, 2004

    Venue: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, UK

    For images please follow the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/translations-transfusions-transfigurations/

    Artist In Residence Exhibition.

    Essay by Lalitte Stolper, Research Fellow in Art, Worcester University.

    A sacred building, amongst other things, is where the living go to come to terms with death. Worcester Cathedral, for all its grandeur, its royal tomb and aristocratic engravings, has always found place for less renowned incisions against mortality. A cockleshell pilgrim lies under a marked flagstone, and amongst the cathedral’s treasures, as carefully preserved as King John’s shroud, we find the flayed skin of a thief who tried to strip the building of its sanctus bell. Examine the walls: everyone in particular seems to have scratched their name, to tell us they were here, to turn a personal moment into public eternity.

    The moment she enters the cathedral, the artist sees it as an inscribed – wounded – body. She projects onto it a personal body – that of her mother, who is dying. It is questionable to expose the private life behind the public artist – but impossible to explain these works without lifting that particular veil. Gaze translates, transfuses and transfigures her grief into art.

    Translations [Dean’s Chapel, wall]

    At first she keeps her distance. The stones are photographed, then replicated in layers of paper, glue and gritty carborundum. She digs into the surface for what is lost in this translation, but does not find all that she’s looking for.

    Transfusions [Dean’s Chapel, wall]

    She pares the newspapers of phrases she needs: “a study of loneliness, repression and destructive passion”. How much will she veil or unveil of mother’s control, her own resistance?

    Mourning both their lives, she returns to childish things – gets glue all over her hands, lets it congeal and dry, then peels off see-through skin. She soaks bandages in oil and pigment. They darken and smell pungent, and she remembers the removal of dressings. She takes the newsprint parings and rolls them with the glue-skins in the bandages – tight, tighter. She tears a window in a painter’s canvas, like the Jewish mourner tearing his suit, and orders the scrolls inside. They are messages, sent but unopened. Still not satisfied, she oils more bandages and pleats them into parcels: dark little gifts to ornament a mantelpiece.

    Transfigurations – [Dean’s Chapel, centre]

    At last she breathes. The works become bigger than she is and rise off the ground. Each one opens around a space her own size: translucent; un-torn; hiding nothing. She wonders if she is empty now too.

    She names the results of her labours as neutrally as she can, but they are still “very raw – the most real I’ve ever made.”

    Event: Symbiont

    Dates: July 7, 2003 - Aug. 1, 2003

    Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester WR1 1UH, UK

    Video Instalation 'Symbiont' as part of Artery

    Event: Chapters of the Self & Mnemosyne and Metaphor

    Dates: June 23, 2003 - Sept. 26, 2003

    Venue: The Art House, Huntingdon Hall, Chapel Walk, Worcester, WR1 3LD, UK

    For images please follow the link below
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/chapters-of-the-self/
    and
    http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/mnemosyne-and-metaphor/

    Final Degree Show Part 1. 'Chapters of the Self'. My initial inspiration came from a garment called a barrier, given to me by my mother. It had been worn by both of us, and darned and mended by both her and her mother (my nanna). The significance of this was echoed in the words I found written in my mother’s notebook that became both the catalyst and epitome of this project:

    ‘By starting each line in the thread above that in which the previous row finished, finishing in the thread below that in which it was begun’

    Being perishable themselves the textiles and images provide only fragmentary evidence of each woman’s life. The lines of stitches, the binding, seams, patching and mending symbolic of textiles skills handed down through generations, manifested in this body of work, each chapter has to be ‘read’ in order to make sense of and understand the whole.

    ‘As cloth makes manifest deeply held cultural values that may otherwise be imperceptible – in fact it may be a woman’s very crucial job to translate these ephemeral values into material objects’. Generations and geographies in the visual arts.

    Final Degree Show Part 2. ‘Mnemosyne and Metaphor’, is a response to a work by Caroline Barlett: ‘On the Shelves of Memory to Mnemosyne’ where hundreds of labels record the transition of the collected to the exhibited. It exploits the use of labelling to define physical and ethereal matter, presence and absence.

    By researching both archaeological and museum systems of retrieving, recording and exhibiting I have produced a piece that reflects both. In the same way that fossils are the physical imprints of what has been and passed but shaped the world, so does thought and experience shape our lives and our identity. The memories of these are often boxed away in our minds, sometimes too painful to open. It is these thoughts and experiences that I exhibit by ‘opening the boxes’. I appropriated systems of archaeology and museology and utilise themes of metaphor.

    Influenced by the work of Claudio Costa, ‘Anthological Ontology’, 1994 the pieces are almost entirely black to suggest the mind as the dark place where these memories are kept and concealed. The lids are all open; otherwise the contents could not be ‘seen’. The strength of the piece is in the labels, which are the only clues given to identify the ‘exhibits’.

    In making the memories of thoughts and experiences ‘tangible’, by opening the boxes and publicly exhibiting them, they become something to deal with or respond to. Like real artefacts in a real museum you are invited to put them into their context, perhaps socially, culturally or historically but more probably personally, physically and emotionally and like real artefacts, in doing so try to make sense of ourselves.

    “If you understand the parts of something you understand the whole”. Bridget Crump, curator of Worcester Museum and Art Gallery 2002


    Event: Light

    Dates: May 19, 2003 - Aug. 29, 2003

    Venue: Park Attwood, Trimpley Lane, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1RE, UK

    Outdoor Sculptural Textiles Installation ‘Light’

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Education

2010 - 2010

Malvern School of Art

2002 - 2002

Worcester Technical College

1999 - 2003

Worcester University


Awards

2010

Worcestershire NHS Trust

Achievement award for Working in Partnership

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2010

Worcestershire NHS Trust

Award for Patient, Staff and Public Engagement and Involvement

2010

Arts Council England

For Art in Minds exhibition 'Reflections II'

2005

Arts Council England

For the Kings Fund Project, Whitley Ward, Kidderminster General Hospital.

2003

Arts Council England

Worcester Cathedral Artist in Residence 2003-2004

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Event: Beneath the Surface

Dates: Oct. 9, 2015 - Nov. 7, 2015

Venue: Museum of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, Worcester WR1 2ND

An exhibition for World Mental Health Day by artists of the Art in Minds Foundation of which I am founder and Trustee.

Event: Finding Futures

Dates: Oct. 6, 2014 - Oct. 24, 2014

Venue: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB

Finding Futures, the 11th exhibition of Art in Minds Foundation (www.artinminds.org.uk)

Event: Celebration

Dates: Sept. 23, 2013 - Oct. 28, 2013

Venue: Cotswold Gallery, Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ

This was the 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Art in Minds Foundation (www.artinminds.org.uk)

Event: Seeing in Colour

Dates: Feb. 1, 2013 - March 2, 2013

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

To view images please visit the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/seeing-in-colour/

After sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland in the summer of 2012 I saw my world through fresh eyes and I could feel the colour seeping back into my soul.

The work is directly influenced by the play of light and colour on the movement of water, direct exposure to the elements in all weather conditions contrasting with calm and tranquillity and a visual ‘eclection’ of objects, colours and memories from around this spectacular coastline.

Event: Artist in Residence Exhibition

Dates: Nov. 3, 2012 - Nov. 30, 2012

Venue: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester Worcestershire WR1 1DT, UK

For the month of November 2012 I was a guest Resident Artist in one of two studios set up in the Old Library Project Space and exhibited restrospective works, new work and work in progress.

Event: Open Exhibition

Dates: Sept. 10, 2012 - Oct. 6, 2012

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

An open exhibition organised by the Click Click Collective.

Event: Former Glory

Dates: July 2, 2012 - Sept. 7, 2012

Venue: Himley Hall, Nr Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY3 4DF, UK

To view images please visit the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/former-glory/

In 2012, along with other members of the Enigma Group of Worcestershire Artists, I was invited to make new work in response to the upper rooms of Himley Hall in Dudley, not open to the public and untouched for decades. The outcome was Quintessence I, II and III.

“The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former”

I was born in my parents’ bedroom at Sheinwood Manor in Shropshire, a rambling, gracefully aging, Georgian farm house. The fabric of the building felt imbued with history, almost as though – if you were to peel back the tired wallpaper – you would see the very souls of the people who had lived there.

When I first visited Himley Hall it evoked memories of my childhood home and images of its fading beauty began to resonate in my work.

My aim was to explore these emotions and imbue each piece with fragility, atmosphere and intrigue. The result is a response, so subtle in parts, that it is barely a breath or a touch.

Event: Connections

Dates: March 12, 2011 - May 7, 2011

Venue: Dudley Museum & Art Gallery, St. Jame's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HU, UK

For images please follow the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/connections/

Connections was an exhibition brought together by myself and other members of the Enigma Alumini Group of Worcestershire Artists in 2009. My response was a series of ‘shrines’ utilizing recognisable images including The Kiss (Rodan).

Shrine: receptacle of sacred relics;chapel of special associations;hallowed by some memory

The making of shrines has long been part of the human experience. They date back to the beginning of recorded time and have been found almost everywhere in the world. They express the most basic human concerns, birth, life and death. A shrine was where people went to ask for help from greater unseen powers that governed their lives. Shrines gave tangible form to beliefs.

My box assemblages, inspired by the concept of the shrine, for me represented an inward journey of discovery, exploring feelings and memories. My aim was to imbue each one with history, emotion and intrigue.

I utilised family heirlooms, found, collected and constructed objects and ephemera.

Each told a personal story.

Event: Resident Artists Exhibition

Dates: Jan. 10, 2011 - Feb. 11, 2011

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

A collection of work by all those involved with Worcester Arts Workshop.

Event: Reflections 2

Dates: Nov. 1, 2010 - Nov. 7, 2010

Venue: Cathedral Plaza, High Street, Worcester, UK

Projected exhibition from an empty shop front in Worcester High Street.

Event: Connections

Dates: July 5, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Venue: Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW, UK

For images please follow the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/connections/

Connections was an exhibition brought together by myself and other members of the Enigma Alumini Group of Worcestershire Artists in 2009. My response was a series of ‘shrines’ utilizing recognisable images including The Kiss (Rodan).

Shrine: receptacle of sacred relics;chapel of special associations;hallowed by some memory

The making of shrines has long been part of the human experience. They date back to the beginning of recorded time and have been found almost everywhere in the world. They express the most basic human concerns, birth, life and death. A shrine was where people went to ask for help from greater unseen powers that governed their lives. Shrines gave tangible form to beliefs.

My box assemblages, inspired by the concept of the shrine, for me represented an inward journey of discovery, exploring feelings and memories. My aim was to imbue each one with history, emotion and intrigue.

I utilised family heirlooms, found, collected and constructed objects and ephemera.

Each told a personal story.

Event: Worcester Open 2010

Dates: April 24, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UH, UK

Contemporary Open Exhibition.

Event: Connections

Dates: Dec. 7, 2009 - Dec. 18, 2009

Venue: Cotswold Gallery, Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ

Connections was an exhibition brought together by myself and other members of the Enigma Alumini Group of Worcestershire Artists in 2009. My response was a series of ‘shrines’ utilizing recognisable images including The Kiss (Rodan).

For images please follow the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/connections/

Shrine: receptacle of sacred relics;chapel of special associations;hallowed by some memory

The making of shrines has long been part of the human experience. They date back to the beginning of recorded time and have been found almost everywhere in the world. They express the most basic human concerns, birth, life and death. A shrine was where people went to ask for help from greater unseen powers that governed their lives. Shrines gave tangible form to beliefs.

My box assemblages, inspired by the concept of the shrine, for me represented an inward journey of discovery, exploring feelings and memories. My aim was to imbue each one with history, emotion and intrigue.

I utilised family heirlooms, found, collected and constructed objects and ephemera.

Each told a personal story.




Event: Reflections 1

Dates: Oct. 26, 2009 - Oct. 31, 2009

Venue: Cathedral Plaza, High Street, Worcester, UK

Projected exhibition from an empty shop front in Worcester High Street.

Event: Ten Threads

Dates: Oct. 6, 2008 - Oct. 31, 2008

Venue: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, UK

The work of ten Worcestershire Artists exhibited in the South Cloister.

Event: Open Contemporary Exhibition

Dates: July 7, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Venue: The Guildhall, High St, Worcester WR1 2EY, UK

An exhibition of work invited from Artists across Worcestershire in response to domestic abuse.

Event: Face Value

Dates: Oct. 29, 2007 - Nov. 3, 2007

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester WR1 1UH, UK

Self Portrature Exhibition.

Self-portraits have been a method of self-exploration since humans first gazed at their own reflection in a pool of water. With the invention of the mirror came an even stronger fascination to capture one’s likeness. And even within the past ten years, the public’s fascination with the way an artist sees him/herself has led to exhibitions like the National Self-Portrait Collection in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Self-portraits, we have found, can be carefully staged to show the audience only what the artist wishes to project, or deeply revealing, inadvertently displaying feelings of anguish and pain. Self-portraits have been used to test new techniques, make a signature mark, launch into self-study, remember the past, and as a way to release emotion.

Whichever way artists choose to construct their images, they are each forced to study their own personas both physically and emotionally. What do artist’s find when they search the mirror? For some the self-portrait is cathartic experience, a letting go of pent-up emotions. For others, the process reveals new insights about themselves and their work. For all artists, the self-portrait is an exploration, an opportunity to see beyond the image in the mirror and begin to search into the soul.’

Event: Alumni Textiles Exhibition

Dates: May 21, 2007 - May 28, 2007

Venue: Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ

An exhibition of textile work by Worcester Alumni Artists exhibiting group Enigma to coincide with the 2007 Degree Show.

Event: Post Graduate Exhibition

Dates: May 22, 2006 - May 29, 2006

Venue: Worcester University, St John's Campus, Henwick Rd, Worcester WR2 6AJ, UK

Exhibition staged by invitation of Post Graduates and Tutors Work to coincide with the Degree Show

Event: Stitched

Dates: April 29, 2006 - May 26, 2006

Venue: Stroud House Gallery, Station Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3AP, UK

Textile exhibition

Event: Textures of Memory

Dates: Nov. 5, 2005 - Nov. 23, 2005

Venue: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, UK

For images please follow the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/textures-of-memory/

During my residency at Worcester Cathedral I began to experiment with print. I was given the opportunity to develop this work during a year as AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University in 2004-2005
http://www.aa2a.org/artists/jayne_gaze

‘…Yet there is a space where small gestures slide into dreams, where the familiar turns. A place of quiet intensity. Where the textures of memory are smooth and white and velvet and blue. Where they absorb into linen and cotton and canvas and celluloid, are a mass of material, shadow and ghost, are as fine as hair, as ephemeral as light, as sharp as pins, as random as discarded thread. Where there is the will to repair and disrepair, to reveal and conceal, to caress and embrace, and to imagine and muse, and to invent and create and to remember and forget, and…’

Event: Textures of Memory

Dates: May 10, 2005 - June 8, 2005

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester WR1 1UH, UK

For images please follow the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/textures-of-memory/

During my residency at Worcester Cathedral I began to experiment with print. I was given the opportunity to develop this work during a year as AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University in 2004-2005
http://www.aa2a.org/artists/jayne_gaze

‘…Yet there is a space where small gestures slide into dreams, where the familiar turns. A place of quiet intensity. Where the textures of memory are smooth and white and velvet and blue. Where they absorb into linen and cotton and canvas and celluloid, are a mass of material, shadow and ghost, are as fine as hair, as ephemeral as light, as sharp as pins, as random as discarded thread. Where there is the will to repair and disrepair, to reveal and conceal, to caress and embrace, and to imagine and muse, and to invent and create and to remember and forget, and…’

Event: Haven

Dates: Sept. 8, 2004 - Sept. 14, 2004

Venue: Rotherwas Chapel, Off Chapel Road, Hereford HR2 6LD, England, UK

Haven Installation Art commissioned by English Heritage in association with Public Art Route for Heritage Open Days. A Public Art Route project in association with Eye Candy.

The Chapel was converted into a place of discovery and ideas where 10 artists presented their curious findings.

I was invited to exhibit with some wonderful artists and felt extremely humbled to be showing my work alongside one of my idols, Karen Truselle, who sadly died in 2008 at the age of 56 from breast cancer.

Event: Translations, Transfusions, Transfigurations

Dates: July 16, 2004 - Aug. 8, 2004

Venue: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, UK

For images please follow the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/translations-transfusions-transfigurations/

Artist In Residence Exhibition.

Essay by Lalitte Stolper, Research Fellow in Art, Worcester University.

A sacred building, amongst other things, is where the living go to come to terms with death. Worcester Cathedral, for all its grandeur, its royal tomb and aristocratic engravings, has always found place for less renowned incisions against mortality. A cockleshell pilgrim lies under a marked flagstone, and amongst the cathedral’s treasures, as carefully preserved as King John’s shroud, we find the flayed skin of a thief who tried to strip the building of its sanctus bell. Examine the walls: everyone in particular seems to have scratched their name, to tell us they were here, to turn a personal moment into public eternity.

The moment she enters the cathedral, the artist sees it as an inscribed – wounded – body. She projects onto it a personal body – that of her mother, who is dying. It is questionable to expose the private life behind the public artist – but impossible to explain these works without lifting that particular veil. Gaze translates, transfuses and transfigures her grief into art.

Translations [Dean’s Chapel, wall]

At first she keeps her distance. The stones are photographed, then replicated in layers of paper, glue and gritty carborundum. She digs into the surface for what is lost in this translation, but does not find all that she’s looking for.

Transfusions [Dean’s Chapel, wall]

She pares the newspapers of phrases she needs: “a study of loneliness, repression and destructive passion”. How much will she veil or unveil of mother’s control, her own resistance?

Mourning both their lives, she returns to childish things – gets glue all over her hands, lets it congeal and dry, then peels off see-through skin. She soaks bandages in oil and pigment. They darken and smell pungent, and she remembers the removal of dressings. She takes the newsprint parings and rolls them with the glue-skins in the bandages – tight, tighter. She tears a window in a painter’s canvas, like the Jewish mourner tearing his suit, and orders the scrolls inside. They are messages, sent but unopened. Still not satisfied, she oils more bandages and pleats them into parcels: dark little gifts to ornament a mantelpiece.

Transfigurations – [Dean’s Chapel, centre]

At last she breathes. The works become bigger than she is and rise off the ground. Each one opens around a space her own size: translucent; un-torn; hiding nothing. She wonders if she is empty now too.

She names the results of her labours as neutrally as she can, but they are still “very raw – the most real I’ve ever made.”

Event: Symbiont

Dates: July 7, 2003 - Aug. 1, 2003

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester WR1 1UH, UK

Video Instalation 'Symbiont' as part of Artery

Event: Chapters of the Self & Mnemosyne and Metaphor

Dates: June 23, 2003 - Sept. 26, 2003

Venue: The Art House, Huntingdon Hall, Chapel Walk, Worcester, WR1 3LD, UK

For images please follow the link below
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/chapters-of-the-self/
and
http://jaynegaze.com/gallery/mnemosyne-and-metaphor/

Final Degree Show Part 1. 'Chapters of the Self'. My initial inspiration came from a garment called a barrier, given to me by my mother. It had been worn by both of us, and darned and mended by both her and her mother (my nanna). The significance of this was echoed in the words I found written in my mother’s notebook that became both the catalyst and epitome of this project:

‘By starting each line in the thread above that in which the previous row finished, finishing in the thread below that in which it was begun’

Being perishable themselves the textiles and images provide only fragmentary evidence of each woman’s life. The lines of stitches, the binding, seams, patching and mending symbolic of textiles skills handed down through generations, manifested in this body of work, each chapter has to be ‘read’ in order to make sense of and understand the whole.

‘As cloth makes manifest deeply held cultural values that may otherwise be imperceptible – in fact it may be a woman’s very crucial job to translate these ephemeral values into material objects’. Generations and geographies in the visual arts.

Final Degree Show Part 2. ‘Mnemosyne and Metaphor’, is a response to a work by Caroline Barlett: ‘On the Shelves of Memory to Mnemosyne’ where hundreds of labels record the transition of the collected to the exhibited. It exploits the use of labelling to define physical and ethereal matter, presence and absence.

By researching both archaeological and museum systems of retrieving, recording and exhibiting I have produced a piece that reflects both. In the same way that fossils are the physical imprints of what has been and passed but shaped the world, so does thought and experience shape our lives and our identity. The memories of these are often boxed away in our minds, sometimes too painful to open. It is these thoughts and experiences that I exhibit by ‘opening the boxes’. I appropriated systems of archaeology and museology and utilise themes of metaphor.

Influenced by the work of Claudio Costa, ‘Anthological Ontology’, 1994 the pieces are almost entirely black to suggest the mind as the dark place where these memories are kept and concealed. The lids are all open; otherwise the contents could not be ‘seen’. The strength of the piece is in the labels, which are the only clues given to identify the ‘exhibits’.

In making the memories of thoughts and experiences ‘tangible’, by opening the boxes and publicly exhibiting them, they become something to deal with or respond to. Like real artefacts in a real museum you are invited to put them into their context, perhaps socially, culturally or historically but more probably personally, physically and emotionally and like real artefacts, in doing so try to make sense of ourselves.

“If you understand the parts of something you understand the whole”. Bridget Crump, curator of Worcester Museum and Art Gallery 2002


Event: Light

Dates: May 19, 2003 - Aug. 29, 2003

Venue: Park Attwood, Trimpley Lane, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1RE, UK

Outdoor Sculptural Textiles Installation ‘Light’


 

Biography

I am currently working from my new studio in Catral, Spain where I am exploring abstract painting through memories, intuition and imagination by utilizing colour, shape and texture, striving for dynamic composition and harmony. At the same time I have decided to put an eclectic selection of work up for sale retrospectively through Artfinder as now feels the right time to let go of some of my more treasured pieces from the past ten years.

I studied Art & Design at Worcester University graduating with first class single honours followed by a twelve month residency at Worcester Cathedral for which I won an Arts Council England Award. In the following year I was AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University and also accepted a post with Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Shrub Hill Workshop using art therapeutically and vocationally, with recovering mental health service users. I retired from this post in January 2014 to spend time in Spain, recover my energies and re-engage with my own practice.

I am also founder of AIMs (Art in Minds Foundation) .uk and have coordinated exhibitions to celebrate World Mental Health Day in Worcestershire each year since 2004 which has showcased the artwork of over 250 mental health service users.

During this time I continued to develop my own practice, with annual exhibitions of work.Through my art I aim to explore and evoke emotion. I often utilise the lexicon of cloth, in particular bandage and muslin, suggesting binding, protection, injury and healing.

My influences have been many but in particular the work of Eva Hesse and Tapies. My observations of the fragility of the human condition combined with memories of the worn and peeling layers of paint and wallpaper in the rambling manor house I was born and grew up in. These have informed and inspired my work. In contrast my water colours reflect flora and fauna that surrounded me while growing up in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

In November 2012 I was guest Artist in Residence in the new ‘Artists Space’ situated in the old library in Worcester Museum and Art Gallery where I concentrated on work influenced by a period of sailing in the Greek Ionions and the Western Isles of Scotland. After sailing  I saw my world through fresh eyes and I could feel colour seeping back into my soul.

The work was mostly about the play of light and colour on the movement of water, direct exposure to the elements in all weather conditions contrasting with calm and tranquility and a visual ‘eclection’ of objects, colours and memories from around spectacular coastline.

Art for me is both an internal and external journey where I constantly learn about myself and about the materials. To share it with the world is both exciting and terrifying but is always a privilege.


 

 
 
 
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