ABOUT & CONTACT
I’m a disabled, self-taught, mainly housebound, visual artist. My practice involves traversing the different dimensions my mind lives in, intuitively connecting with energies internally and externally. Using watercolour, dip pen, digital projection, clay or textiles each material adds a different component and quality. My main process is automatism, so no planning or sketching before I work. I’m drawn by the material on any given day, which is led by my energy levels and illness. Being self taught and disabled means I have my own visual language. No tutor has broken me down and built me back up in any school of thought or practice, I don’t imitate or emulate. This is a huge strength in my eyes.
There is a lot of whimsical animism in my work created by the layering methods I use. My process allows a purely instinctive play, my hand dancing in all directions adding the marks, forming the clay or laying effects. As an automatic artist I'm constantly surprised and intrigued by all the beings and entities that appear without intention.
Art allows me to travel in ways I no longer can due to being mainly housebound. There is flow and energy and movement, everything my illness has taken away. My practice abstractly expresses my lived experience of disability. Sitting at the intersection of a number of barriers to the mainstream art world, I'm passionate about addressing this through my work and collaborations.
Should you wish to purchase any work, please contact Jennifer Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or do feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com with a clear title so I don't miss your email. I'd love to have discussions around collaborations, commissions and exhibitions.
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2022 Creative Spirits, The College of Psychic Studies, London
2022 Outsider Art Fair, New York, Jennifer Lauren Gallery
2022 The Dove - A Sign of Peace and Hope, European Outsider Art Association, Virtual
2022 Recollections May Vary , Group Exhibition Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
2022 Another Space Within, Group Online Exhibition, Outside In
2022 Labyrinth, The Void Collective, Sharp Gallery, Brixton
2021 Shapes & Patterns in Creativity, Group Exhibition, Yellow Edge Gallery, Portsmouth
2022 DYCP from the Arts Council, England. Exploring mixing physical and digital art, researching accessibility within the arts
August 2021 Winner of The College of Psychic Studies summer competition. Work acquired for their permanent collection
Podcasts & Talks
2021 Podcast Guest on The Art Newspaper, discussing disability, art and the pandemic
2021 Podcasts for Working Class Women's Website with Charlotte Cooper and Marina Raven White
2020, Make It Work, Talk at Sussex University
2021 Commissions for Working Class Women's Website
2021, Research work acquired for The Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
2020 Outside In, Artist of the Month