JACKIE FIELD

Jackie Field

Artist Printmaker Specializing in unique woodcut and relief prints. 

Beyond the Window, Syon Park

Artist's Statement

 

 

My recent work has been investigating and questioning the relationship of inside and outside space, encompassing the experience of a place that is both physically and visually engaging. It is important there is a romantic sensibility emerging through the layered landscapes. Also the interlocking of one structure into another.

 

This work could be categorised as topographical, i.e. the unique structures of Kew Gardens Glass Houses, the Eden project Biomes and other glass houses throughout the world. In the large scale woodcuts Where Nature and Culture Meet I and II there is a sense of nature trying to break out, or break through the roof of the glass house exploring the inner and outer boundaries of nature. The lily print (Amazonica X cruziana)  is a hybrid a cross between two different varieties growing in a glass house with reliance on protective, climate controlled conditions in England, where it is native to South America in this location grows wild.

 

I have also explored the specific locations and immediate environments of The British Museum in London with its recent modernist extension with the old reading room situated at the heart of The Great Court giving it the circular shape with 3,312 unique glass panels. All these structures are hybrid's of their former selves.

 

My ideas are developed through drawing, photography and printmaking taking the viewer on a journey, physically moving through space experiencing still space realised in the medium of woodcut. The images begin to take on a  monumentality.

Printmaking becomes a continuation from the process of drawing. Looking and describing using the images to explore the dynamics of translating from one medium into woodcut and other printmaking techniques. The initial aim is for the prints to have a sense of scale, drama and depict a heightened reality.

 

The process of making is important in the work and working with print enables me to explore the links between landscape and architecture.The processes and constant changes it goes through in a year. I feel this medium represents my working style and the enjoyment of the process from working drawings to carving a woodblock which is done over several weeks or months depending on the intricacy of the design, bringing an element of the encapsulation of time into the work. The prints are made using a victorian garden roller and hand burnishing. There is always an element of uncertainty when the final print is lifted.

Further Images

Where Nature & Culture Meet III

Where Nature & Culture Meet III

Royal Glasshouse, Laeken Belgium, woodcut edition of 12

Where Nature & Culture Meet III

Where Nature & Culture Meet III

Kew Gardens Glass House, Woodcut Print edition of 12

Where Nature & Culture Meet III

Where Nature & Culture Meet III

Kew Gardens Glass House, Woodcut Print Edition of 12


Amazonica X Cruziana

Amazonica X Cruziana

Underside of Giant Water Lily at Kew Gardens, Woodcut Print Edition of 12

Outside Inside

Outside Inside

The Great Court British Museum, London Woodcut Print, edition of 12

Reflections I

Reflections I

The British Museum, Woodcut Print edition of 12


Temperate Biome

Temperate Biome

Eden Project, Cornwall Woodcut Print edition of 12

Iv'e Left My Sketchbook

Iv'e Left My Sketchbook

Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, Woodcut Print edition of 12

Decaying Plant Matter

Decaying Plant Matter

16 Panelled woodcut print based on plants and landscape


Louis XIV and Horse

Louis XIV and Horse

The Louvre, Paris Woodcut Print edition of 12

The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Linocut

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