We are drowning in images and reduced to data. Identification and labels are dividing and limiting us. My non-figurative paintings perform opacity. They play with multiplicity and live in a space that refuses definition. Always coming back to an idea of an unfixed self, I work with fluid materials and experimental casting techniques. I’m building tacit knowledge, involved in a manual conversation with plaster and pigments. I want the work I make to have a physical weight. I’m adding elusive and multiplex objects to the world as it looks toward a dematerialised future.
E. Jackson is an artist whose practice is an enquiry into the relationship between identity, multiplicity and non-figurative painting.
Jackson is an alumni of the artist development programme Syllabus II (2016-17), delivered by leading UK arts organistions: Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, and Studio Voltaire; they hold an MA from The Royal College of Art, and are part of the a-n Mentoring Programme 2019/20. Residencies, group exhibitions and talks include: Guest Projects, London, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, Cambridge School of Art, Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, Barcelona, A.P.T Gallery, London, and Fundación Pedro Cano, Murcia. Their work is in a number of collections including: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Colour Reference Library RCA, Henry Moore Institute, Victoria and Albert Museum (Prints & Drawings), and The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths.
Their works address fluidity, interpretation and the indistinct – aiming for opacity by destabilising ‘image’. In an on-going project that plays with plurality and translation, multiple Archetype Paintings (2017- ongoing) are exchanged for new writing and sound with a network of collaborators – writers, poets, composers and musicians. Through this evolving process the archetype is mutable – in circulation, in translation, in flux.
Works are informed by historical, theoretical and material research into elusiveness, repetition and revision. Submerged gold leaf, buried earth pigments and mineral colours retreat into the material skin of the paintings, where immersive surfaces held in plaster, washes and gradations. Fresco Memoria (2019 – ongoing) is a body of work about origin and substructures, to re-imagine underpainting as a site of material memory. This Mortal Painting (2019 – ongoing) moves beyond traditional portraiture to consider the human head as an abstract internal site, and seat of fluid identity.
Jackson situates their research in the Internal Space of Painting. Areas of inquiry include: identity theory; portraiture; serial production; casting techniques; luminosity and reflectance; absorption and withdrawal; subjectivity and solitude; abstraction and hermeticism; repetition and revision.
E. Jackson [b. UK 1979]
education and training
2016-17 Syllabus II, a peer-led artist development programme delivered by: Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; New Contemporaries; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol; and Studio Voltaire, London
2005-7 MA Communication Art and Design, Royal College of Art
2001–4 BA (Hons.) Graphic Design, University of Brighton
exhibitions & publications
2020 upcoming – Sounding Painting, artist edition
2020 upcoming – Writing Painting #2, artist book
2019 Writing Painting #1, artist book published
2019 Esparto (collaboration), Fundación Pedro Cano, Murcia, Spain
2018 Esparto (collaboration), Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, Barcelona, Spain 2018
2018 Light Events, esparto shadows (bookwork)
2017 Group show, In the Open, Sheffield: an exhibition of collaborative artworks around place, landscape and environment
2017 Looking for the Sky in the Earth (poster publication)
2017 Guest Projects with Syllabus II
2017-18 Cambridge School of Art, AA2A artist in residence
2017 Guest Projects with Syllabus II
2013 Frans Masereel Centrum (International Residential Print Centre), Belgium
2013 Joya: arte + ecología (off-grid Art Centre), Spain
2012 Frans Masereel Centrum (International Residential Print Centre), Belgium
workshops & artist talks
2018 Artist Showcase: presentation of works on paper, Cambridge School of Art
2017 Artist Talk: presentation of works, Cambridge School of Art
2017 Discussion: New Networks: New Normal, Apt Gallery, London
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Colour Reference Library, Royal College of Art, London Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Library & Archive
National Art Library, London
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge
Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University Victoria and Albert Museum (Prints & Drawings), London The Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London
AA2A Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
2017-18 (image shows work in progress)
Guest Projects (with Syllabus II), London
Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium
October – November 2013 | June – July 2012